Change this Mindset to be a Better Leader

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“A real leader is somebody who can help us overcome the limitations of our own individual laziness and selfishness and weakness and fear and get us to do better, harder things than we can get ourselves to do on our own.”

And yet most managers are rarely given this opportunity to lead. They’re drowned in daily tasks that focus on the imminent without a thought of moving in new directions. They’re time is consumed with unnecessarily babysitting people through their daily responsibilities and preserving today’s environment.

Employers Solve Problems. Entrepreneurs Find Opportunities.

“Major breakthroughs come from the correct mind-set. It’s an attitude — an opportunistic attitude. People who make breakthroughs are always opportunity-focused. People who don’t, aren’t. It’s that simple.” — Jay Abraham, Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition

Employers focus their best people on solving problems. And in doing so, they donate their time and their best talent to restoring the equilibrium of yesterday.

“In every area of effectiveness within an organization, one feeds the opportunities and starves the problems… only strength produces results. Weakness only produces headaches — and the absence of weakness produces nothing.”

Employers Blame the Process. Entrepreneurs Blame Themselves.

“Extreme Ownership. Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame.” — Jocko Willink, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win

One of the best ways to differentiate between a leader and a follower is to watch what happens when something goes wrong. A follower will look around and say that it wasn’t his job. A leader takes ownership for every outcome — constantly looking for what she could have done differently to drive a better result.

“Our ability to cope with uncertainty is one of the most important requirements for success in life, yet also one of the most neglected. We may not appreciate just how often we’re required to exercise it, and how much impact our ability to do so can have on our lives, and even on the whole of society.”

Employers Issue Orders. Entrepreneurs Provide a Vision.

“Leaders never start with what needs to be done. Leaders start with WHY we need to do things. Leaders inspire action.” — Simon Sinek, Start with Why

Anyone who’s tried to motivate people through direction know it leads to dismal results. People check out, stop thinking, and resign themselves to minimum compliance.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to go to the forest to gather wood, saw it, and nail the planks together. Instead, teach them the desire for the sea.”

Employers Look for Consistency. Entrepreneurs Look for Change.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain

One of the most dangerous terms you’ll ever hear is “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

“The biggest challenge is advising successful companies to think about change. When a company is expanding, when a manager starts saying “our firm is doing great”, or when a business is featured on the cover of a national magazine — that’s when its time to start thinking. When companies are under the gun and things are falling apart it is not hard to find compelling reasons to change. Companies need to learn that their successes should not distract them from innovation. The best time to innovate is all the time.”

Employers Focus on the Imminent. Entrepreneurs Focus on Impact.

“Companies must strive for 10x better because merely incremental improvements often end up meaning no improvement at all for the end user.” — Peter Thiel, Zero to One

My friend had a manager who read all of his emails. Not just his, but everyone in their section. She’d routinely spend several hours every day going through their emails looking for who knows what.

“If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.”

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Jake Wilder

Jake Wilder

I don’t know where I’m going. But at least I know how to get there.