In Texas, we’re known for our “bigger is better” philosophy. The Lone Star state features the largest of all state capital buildings, DFW Airport has the world’s largest parking lot, and three of the nation’s ten largest cities (Houston, Dallas and San Antonio) are proud to call Texas home.
We also like our leaders to be big. Not in size and ego, mind you, but big in their vision, big in their willingness to take chances, and big in their dreams. Big leaders stand out from the crowd and are constantly demonstrating initiative – whether anyone is watching or not. And big leaders are the first to roll up their sleeves regardless if it’s in their job description.
Take Baylor Quarterback, Robert Griffin. So many times during the past season, the Bears were behind and RG3 remained poised and confident, inspiring his teammates and leading them to victory. True leaders remain confident even in bad times. They inspire their teammates and motivate them even when they are losing. True leaders do things big.
Author William Arthur Ward describes “Big” leaders as those who:
Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting.
At Focus Brands, we applied this zig-when-they-zag approach during the recent economic downturn. While competitors to our Schlotzsky’s, Cinnabon, Carvel, and Auntie Anne’s brands were hunkering down and driving price points down, we upgraded and enhanced our stores and brand image. The result? Our sixth straight year of increasing corporate growth. Our success even got me on TV!
Remember, leadership is not given to you; it is something you give others. When you lead successfully, you bring opportunities to others through better job and career opportunities and satisfying work environments.
You’ve got to go big. Look around to see what everyone else in your business is doing. While they are doubting, playing, daydreaming, and wishing, you can lead your team to Texas-sized successes.
Source: The Migala Report
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