All Great Leaders believe in learning continually

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Great Leaders learn by the day to stay focused and humble.

The following great quote by Simon Sinek captures this leadership aspect.

“Leadership is an EDUCATION and the BEST LEADERS think of themselves as STUDENTS , not the TEACHERS.”

How Great Leaders define “Optimism”?

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Adopted from Simon Sinek’s quotes , the following is an apt way of defining “Optimism” associated with all iconic leaders.

“Optimism is the ABILITY to FOCUS on where we are GOING NOT where are COMING FROM.”

Energy vs Charisma , which inspires?

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Energy can excite but charisma truly inspires people.

A highly energetic person through his power of speech can convince an audience for some time , excitement can give rise to “dopamine” flow but the impact can never be long lasting.

Take the case of Steve Ballmer and his energetic speeches.They were good for the moment but never long lasting since it never communicated the WHY to the audience.

A charismatic person like a Steve Jobs used to have the audience riveted to their seats during a presentation and left them with memories since it truly communicated the WHY to a target audience in a very subtle manner.

Thus a charismatic leaders stands out when it comes to inspiring an audience for desired action.

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why

What happens when someone who knows “WHY” and another who knows “HOW” unite?

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Historically a significant number of great organizations have been founded by partners who were close to one another , one of whom knew “WHY” to do it and another who knew “HOW” to do it.

Walt Disney(WHY) and Roy Disney(HOW) were brothers.

Bill  Gates(WHY) and Paul Allen(HOW) of Microsoft went to high school together.

Herb Kelleher(HOW) was Rollin King’s(WHY) divorce attorney and good friend and founded SouthWest Airlines together.

Steve Jobs(Knew WHY) and Steve Wozniak(Knew HOW) were best of friends at high school.

The list goes on..The point that need to be noted here is that for creating an iconic company , vision alone is not important.

A person who has the vision knows the WHY of starting the company.His companion who has the wherewithal and the HOW to do the job must complement the visionary in order to create something revolutionary.

This point has been aptly brought out by Simon Sinek in his book titled “Start With Why”

Of Great Organizations whose “WHY” went fuzzy at some point of time

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Great Organizations led by revolutionary infinite minded leaders always “Start With Why”.

Their communication is not only consistent but gives a clear sense of meaning to the customers which converts them into “loyal” customers.

Great examples are Sam Walton’s Walmart , Steve Jobs’s Apple , Bill Gates’s Microsoft , Michael Dell’s Dell as well as Henry Ford’s Ford Motors to name a few.

But even though these iconic organizations have “Started with Why” there have been instances wherein once the visionary leaders left the WHY also got fuzzy with their departure.

When John Sculley fired Steve Jobs’s and was at the helm of Apple , share prices plummeted and Apple was a shadow of its former self.

When Kevin Rollins succeeded Michael Dell , his finite minded leadership made the reason WHY Dell existed in the first place irrelevant.

Same holds good when Steve Ballmer succeeded Bill Gates at Microsoft.

The list goes on.The point here is that running an organization in the infinite game of life starting with WHY is never an easy proposition.Hence the succession planning in an organization becomes paramount when a visionary leaves.Whenever the WHY has gone fuzzy it has needed the return of an infinite minded leader to bring the organization back on track.

Dough Mcmillon’s infinite mindset turned back Walmart’s fortunes.

The same holds good when Steve Jobs’s returned back to Apple.

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why

Spreading Leadership As A Disease

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“The GREATEST CONTRIBUTION of a LEADER is to make other LEADERS”

Infinite minded leaders care about this and hence are particular about LEAVING a LEGACY showcasing their true greatness and selflessness

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s great quotes

There is nothing like Mastering Leadership

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Leadership is an education and all GREAT leaders think of themselves as STUDENTS and NOT TEACHERS”

All great leaders have this childlike inquisitiveness to learn by the day

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s great quotes

A Great Leader builds trust ethically

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Trust between followers and leadersis the most important aspect of LEADERSHIP

The following quote on trust by Simon Sinek aptly highlights the same

TRUST is build from telling people the truth not what people want to HEAR”

The communication of great leaders always keep this in mind

How a great leader motivates followers

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A great leader, an infinite minded leader espouses a Just Cause which the followers believe in for achieving something bigger than themselves.

The following quote summarizes the psychology of humans which the great leaders tap into

We FIGHT AGAINST things we HATE

We FiGHT FOR things we LOVE”

Adopted from Simon Sinek’s great quotes