Recently, I realized that Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon.com is still eating breakfast with his family every single morning as well as washing dishes on many occasions before he heads off to work on his multi-billion dollars corporation in Seattle, Washington.
And, Jeff Bezos is not the only leader who does care about his family, but there are also many successful entrepreneurs from across the globe do. — They take care of their families. They work hard on everything they pursue. They concentrate on making sure that they give them all in every aspect of their being.
To summarize in few words:
“They build tomorrow’s leaders, TODAY.”
In fact, here are five critical elements on every great leader that I’ve encountered:
#1 – They’re very decisive in everything that they do.
They don’t wait for things to happen. They get things done when they supposed to. When they need to cut off certain expenses or remove a particular person from the business, they will decide in seconds.
Some people called it cruel. In reality, they have two choices in life:
- A) They have to make sure each person in the organization will contribute to the success of the company. (OR)
- B) They are being forced to close down the company sooner or later.
#2 – They will always surround themselves with people who genuinely care about them.
Every great leader cares about their inner circle. When you become successful, they want you to become more successful. When you achieve a specific benchmark, they want you to reach a new milestone.
Every great leader will motivate their subordinates to keep moving forward. When someone in their team slows down, they will not hesitate to tell them. — If you are someone who is weak, you will call the warning as an insult to your intelligence. If you are someone who is mentally healthy and prepared, you will see your leaders as someone who genuinely cares about your self-growth.
#3 – They don’t like the word “failure.”
Decades ago, one of my former partners on my giveaway campaigns told me that one of our JV partners suggested us to postpone our giveaway campaign after the New Year. — I got very fed up. I told him to tell that JV partner, who will not promote us, to keep his mouth shut.
Even though I was immature back then and I shouldn’t have done that to my former partner, I know for the fact that I don’t like the word “failure” in my life. — I will never accept any defeat.
Weeks later, the campaign turned out to be very successful in which we received over 25,000 subscribers in 14 days and over $50,000 in profit. — Plus, we’ve even received over 100,000 unique visitors to our websites in which we crashed our server many times.
#4 – They make impossible things possible.
Six weeks before my brain surgery, I had to sell the majority of my assets in my business. Also, I had to move all my stuff to a storage room. On top of that, I had to say goodbye to all my friends, relatives, and business partners. Everything that I mentioned above had to be accomplished in six weeks. — Well, I shared it with a couple of friends.
One of them told me to take it easy. The other friend told me to make it happen. I chose the latter. Every day, I would fire my laptop, complete each task, get every checklist on my notepad crossed, and put hours and hours of my time on getting things done.
When my fiancee saw me still awake at 3 AM, 4 AM, 5 AM, I merely smiled and convinced her to head back to bed. — Then, I continued investing my time on making the impossible mission possible.
#5 – They make time for their families.
When I read the article from Jeff Bezos on how he would make time for his family every morning as well as washing dishes, I nodded my head.
Why is that, Henry?
Many of my friends are still doing a lot of house chores every single day. — They own a multi-million dollar corporation. When I asked one of them why they don’t want to ask their maids to do the house chores, one of them, Mr. Apple, told me that if I can’t take care of my family, how can I take care of my 200+ employees around the globe?
As I received the advice from Mr. Apple, I understood the principle of a leader. I made it a mandatory for me to prepare three meals a day. It doesn’t matter whether I have a good day or a bad day, I would still cook for my wife even TODAY.
The question you need to ask yourself is
“How do you define leadership in you?”
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