What Keeps Top Leaders at the Top
Sir Richard Branson is one of the world's Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) business tycoons. He embodies Top Tier Leadership Growth Hack #5
Take Great Risks
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say, "Yes!" then learn how to do it later!"
-Sir Richard Branson
Top Tier Leaders stay at the top because they are not risk averse. They don't grow incrementally, they grow exponentially. They take great risks so that they can in turn reap great returns.
Top Tier Leadership Growth Hack #4
There is a story in 'Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard', of an engineering leader that told his team to factor in failure in their processes.
This gave them the safety net to step into the unknown, the emotional resilience to recover from setback, and the confidence to turn mistakes into lessons and lessons into the building blocks to advance even higher.
Top Tier Leaders stay at the top because they expect, incorporate, and even reward failing forward as a stepping stone to success.
Top Tier Leadership Growth Hack #3
Build a Powerbase
Listening to Darren Hardy's audiobooks, I couldn't help but notice the number of iconic industry leaders he made reference to. What was remarkable is how many other world-renown leaders they also mentioned in their conversations with Darren.
You'll also notice this in remarks the African Union Special Envoy, Bineta Diop, makes. A powerhouse of a leader herself, in her public addresses, she always conveys close collegiality and collaboration with extraordinary global women leaders across all levels of government, politics, and global affairs.
What this reveals about Top Tier leaders is that they
With allies, Top Tier leaders are able to move farther, faster; sharing corporate vision, ownership, solidarity, and sustainability for their causes and agendas.
"If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb
Top-Tier Leadership Growth Hack #2
Prepare Your Successors
"Leadership success is measured by the success of your successor."
- Dr. Myles Munroe
Dr. Myles Munroe said the first job of a leader is to prepare their successor. This is because from the day you arrive you know that one day, you will leave, and if you care about the organization and your legacy, should start to look for, and groom, the people who will take over from you.
Top-Tier leaders actively look for, equip, empower, and entrust leadership responsibilities to others.
This creates business continuity in the present, and organisational sustainability for a future without you.
Top-Tier Leadership Growth Hack #1
Get 360 Degree Help
You're a leader, but not in everything.
The first time I heard of this concept was from John C. Maxwell. He made the point that we have to choose which area we are going to develop our leadership in. For every other area, we will need to get help.
Top -Tier leaders know that they have personal and professional areas to attend to, private and public lives to pursue; relational and financial needs to meet.
All these relate to and influence the success of the other.
Top-Tier leaders get 360 degree help.
This helps them to strengthen the areas they are good and are able to personally attend to, and get professional support for those that they are not.
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