Three Simple Principles for Becoming a Better Leader

Three Simple Principles for Becoming a Better Leader



I’ve been lucky in my life to have been surrounded by great leaders and people who have reached their full potential. Through my association with them, I have been lifted up and encouraged to be a better person.


When I look closely at what they have done to live successful lives, I can recognize a few basic characteristics that they all have in common. I’d like to share with you now these three simple principles and I hope you can use them as you become a better person and leader.


#1 Know where you want to go

When Alice was lost in the wonderland of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel, she asked the Cheshire cat for directions. After Alice explained to the cat that she didn’t know exactly where she wanted to go, the cat replied, “Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go.”  Similarly, if you don’t know what you want out of life, you will have a difficult time getting there.


It is critical to have your dream life in mind so that you’re constantly adjusting and designing your business in such a way to accomplish it. You could very easily be highly successful and not accomplish the lifestyle you really want and have dreamed about.


#2 Surround yourself with good examples

After determining who you want to be, I think you have to look around for role models and figure out who seems to be living the life you want to live. Once you do that, start acting like those people in every way that you can. Over time you will become that person you wanted to be.


If you don’t think you have that kind of potential, then you’ve been hanging out with the wrong group of people. Do everything you can to get in a room full of people who have a positive outlook on life and start cultivating that within yourself.


#3 Help others along the way

In the conventional corporate world, people get ahead by helping their boss improve his life. They are employees who work at helping their boss be more successful, and then their boss brings them along. In our business, it’s really the opposite. People have their most success by helping people under them to improve their lives and to have their own success. Our people are not getting pulled up by someone but rather they are helping pull or lift someone else up. So, our program is really built around a giving perspective. The more people you help, the more successful you become. Again, helping others is what we are all about - being a force for good.


It is that spirit that keeps me here. It’s the thing that makes it fun and satisfying. It’s the thing that I want to project to my children. I want them to have a spirit of giving of self and time, talents, energy, and money to help other people - and even better if they can do that to create their own livelihood.


Following these three simple rules will give you the tools you need to achieve the success you are meant for. Know where you want to go. Surround yourself with good examples and help others along the way. It works for me!