Episode 088: The 3 Reasons You Can’t Lead Alone

The Myth of the Solitary Leader

When you think of a leader, what do you think of? Do you think of Bill Gates secluding himself in a cabin for a week to think big things. A solitary leader who single-handedly uses his genius to solve every problem, launch every new initiative, and change the world? Well, in today’s episode we’re going to hang up your superman cape and share the 3 reasons that you can’t lead alone.

The 3 Reasons You Can't Lead Alone

Everywhere we look there are leaders being held up as single-handedly taking on the world and fearlessly leading their companies to record profits and accolades. Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, Jack Welch, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, Bill Gates. Society tries to tell us that these leaders lead fearlessly and lead alone. But the truth is actually very different.

What Would Sam Walton Think of Today’s Wal-Mart? | Ten Rules

It’s been twenty-one years since Sam Walton passed away.

His Ten Rules for Building a Business are still posted on Wal-Mart’s web site…but are they living up to them?

Original Wal-Mart Sam Walton

Sam Walton’s Ten Rules for Building a Business are found in his book, Sam Walton: Made In America.

Let’s look at each of them one by one and see where Wal-Mart stands today. Regardless of whether they still practice these principles, it doesn’t change the truth of them. They are excellent primers for all business leaders.

1. Commit to your business.

As a leader, you have to believe in your business more than anyone else does. If you aren’t the leader, believing in the business more than anyone else does goes a long way towards becoming a leader.

Commitment means passion, intensity, and willingness to sacrifice for the business.

The Two Most Important Functions of a Leader

What are the two most important functions of a leader?

The most Important leadership functions
A leader must identify & concentrate on the tasks that give the highest return on their investment. (Tweet That) | Share this Graphic on Pinterest | Share on Facebook

I think that Dan Black hits the nail on the head in this post. If you are a leader now, begin focusing on these two high ROI roles. If you are not currently a leader, start doing these two things even now and study them as you progress towards leadership.

Dan normally writes at his blog but today he is joining us here. His purpose and passion is to help people of influence reach their potential. I love Dan’s writing and highly suggest subscribing to his blog. You can connect with him on Twitter and get a free leadership quote book by clicking here.

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