Episode 282 7 Ways to Create an Unfair Leadership Advantage

On this episode of The Lead Up Podcast, Mike shares 7 ways to create an unfair leadership advantage today! These 7 pieces of advice will help you attract better talent, and retain and develop the talent you already have so grab your pen and paper for this episode! 

The first performance-enhancing tip is to do more than what is expected of you as a leader. Mike shares how when he was growing up he didn’t have a lot of money but his Grandmother and Dad taught him to always give a little bit more and put in some extra effort even since he was mowing lawns and doing odds and ends jobs during his summers. Mike explains how today’s workforce needs its leaders to have consistent growth, leadership development, and performance development plans. 

The second is to be curious before you are creative and step into problems seeking to understand. Mike states that you can achieve this by doing the following four things:

  1. Pause
  2. Listen
  3. Observe
  4. Learn 

Mike’s third way to create leadership advantages is to consistently do the following three things with your teams:

  • Visualize the wins
  • Vocalize how to win
  • Verbalize your belief in what’s possible/ your belief in how they can make it happen

Number four is, to increase your chances of success while others sleep. Unfortunately, studies have shown that 70% of people don’t read another book after they finish their formal education. Mike encourages you to read, listen to podcasts, set goals, and communicate with your teams about how you are going to collectively achieve the company goals.

Mike’s fifth way to create an unfair leadership advantage is to always find the silver lining in everything. Mike speaks about how we live in a great world and every failure is a seed of opportunity – so seek them out! Mike states that there is no limit on where or who we can learn from. 

The second last piece of advice is to develop a power team. Mike states that we are only as good as the people we develop, equip and empower to lead in our absence. 

The final way for you to create an unfair leadership advantage and enhance your and your team's performance is to never tolerate negativity. Mike talks about how you need to protect your attitude and mindset like nothing else. Mike encourages you to take social media breaks to help clear your mind as well as only keep people who are real and optimistic around you.

Mike states that to achieve what others want you to have to do what others don’t! Apply these seven steps to your routine today and you will begin to see a development in your leadership skills. 

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