Are you successful but feel burned out working 50-70 hours per weeks? Do you feel your business or company hitting the proverbial wall and plateauing in production overall? The most successful business leaders know working harder and longer hours are not the answer to overall business success and personal happiness. The following content is designed specifically to apply to multiple business industries, varied professional leadership positions and one’s own personal life. If these core concepts are learned and applied regularly in one’s own business and life, powerful positive results will result, and personal freedom and professional business success will be attainable again.
5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #1: Efficiency Does Not Equal Effectiveness.
Usually the most ‘busy” people in life are the least productive. Learn to live and work smartly. Time management is important – as a daily schedule. However, a daily schedule should only be a part of the long-term vision and planning formed in annual, monthly and weekly planners. Simply going to work and reacting to events that take place removes the control from your life and your business goals. It also adds extreme stress that can become unhealthy as it develops a vision that work and life circumstances are outside of our control. In fact, our circle of influence on areas of our life gives us as much control as we want. By using mental imagery and envisioning tough situations in your day or week before the happen – and how you will want to act, can help you anticipate conflict and keep the stress-level down and more in control of your actions and emotions.
5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #2: People Are Your #1 Asset.
Spend 20% of your time listening to your people and teams. Notice I said listening, not talking. This is on purpose. Try to make sure you are spending informal time “touching” and relating to as many team members as possible. Cultivate a relationship so they know you care about them as people first, employees second. In turn, they will start to see you the same way. Set aside scheduled time weekly to informally stop by or “make the rounds” visibly with your teams. Do not talk about work until they bring up the topic. Keep it light and personal.
5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #3: Your 2nd Most Important Asset is Your SELF.
– As the most important investment in your business – take care of yourself first. Balance is the key to everything. Make sure you touch on the 4 major areas of life every week: Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual (PMSS).
Try this exercise first: brainstorm for 5 minutes all of the roles in your life. Clearly define them and place them under the 4 above life areas (PMSS) – and see if you can place at least one role under each of these umbrellas. If you can’t – you may have discovered a root problem to your stress and imbalance already.
Rank your roles in one life list- #1 being the most important. Once you have prioritized your roles – spend 80% of your time in the top 20%. Make sure you are spending time weekly in each of the four categories – Physical, Mental, Social, and Spiritual as closely as you can. Keep balance for personal and professional health.
5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #4: Lead Leaders Not Followers.
This concept may take some explaining, but there is a critical difference in the above sentence that may have the single most impact on your overall business success. You will grow as an organization in numbers only if you add followers, but you will multiply and exponentially increase your ROI through duplication if you grow leaders. The old adage, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day; but teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime,” applies in principle here. If we tend to micro-manage our teams and people – we will create a bottle-neck in work process and flow. Our employees will become frustrated in our lack of trust as leaders in their capabilities to perform the tasks and solve problems without us.
We need to nurture and grow – teach and trust our people we rely on the most for personal and business success. Developing the aforementioned relationships with your people and getting to know them better will allow you to grow and help them in their weaker areas and take advantage of their strengths. As a leader your goal should be to guide and develop all your people on your teams to reach their maximum leadership capabilities individually. As their talents grow – they will take on more responsibilities – in line with the company vision and mission – and most importantly free up your time to work on income-producing activities.
5 Secrets of the Top 1% Most Successful Business Leaders #5: System, Process, People = Automation
A well-known vision and mission for your company and a system of “how we get work accomplished here” are foundations of the most successful business leaders worldwide. Your employees should take an active role in the process of forming the company mission, vision, and system. As the leader you can guide them through the process of where you want to take them and still build the trust and empowerment. All people will believe in you as the leader if you believe in them first. The key is employee trust and buy-in that is developed over time by empowering them in their roles, trusting them with appropriate decisions without you, and allowing them to participate or “have a voice” when company decisions are made. This trust and empowerment will dramatically improve your company’s work culture, employee motivation will become internal instead of external, and your retention numbers will soar as a result. People will WANT TO work for you as a leader.