Another 20 Rules to Lead the Field

  1. If you’re not lifting people up you’re bringing people down.
  2. Leadership has less to do with authority and more to do with a mindset.
  3. Where the victim sees a problem a leader sees an opportunity.
  4. Don’t wait until you’re successful to work on your optimism. Work on your optimism and you’ll become a lot more successful.
  5. Be alone a lot. All massively creative people value solitude. It allows them to protect their dreams from the voices of dissent, refuel their creativity and get far more done–free from distraction.
  6. Small daily micro-wins when done continually over time lead to staggering results.
  7. Genius has less to do with natural talent and divinely blessed gifts and more to do with relentless focus (to the point of obsession), extreme practice and uncommon grit.
  8. Disrupt or be disrupted.
  9. Be the most honest person in every room.
  10. Remember that people don’t leave companies. They leave the people they worked for.
  11. Saying you’ll “try” is expressing “I’m not really committed.”
  12. The secret of passion is purpose. As I shared years ago in Leadership Wisdom from The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, when you know your why, the hows just start showing up.
  13. If you’re the smartest person you know it’s time to know new people.
  14. Out learning everyone around you is a game-changer. The best love learning. Because once you know more you can achieve more.
  15. To make more money, help more people.
  16. Leaders Without Titles talk about ideas versus people and dreams versus others.
  17. Eat less food, get more done.
  18. The way you begin your day determines how you live it. So put mind over mattress. Win the battle of the bed. And join The 5 am Club (another total game-changer).
  19. Develop an obsessive attention to detail. World-class user experiences are all about winning at the small stuff everyone else doesn’t care about.
  20. Even if you clean toilets, do it with pride and love. This summer I met a man who cleans toilets at the Johannesburg airport. He beamed “welcome to my office” as I entered. The place was flawless. His passion was palpable. That man is my hero. And he reminded me that all work has dignity and honour.
Reproduced with kind permission of Robin Sharma Author of ‘The Leader Who Had No Title’

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