One of the best ways to succeed in the business world is to study the experts: men and women who have brilliantly succeeded in their chosen fields.
Here are a few quotes from the greats on what it takes to be a rousing success in the world of business management.
“The Four Keys of Great Managers: (1) When selecting someone, they select for talent … not simply experience, intelligence or determination. (2) When setting expectations, they define the right outcomes … not the right steps. (3) When motivating someone, they focus on strengths … not on weaknesses. (4) When developing someone, they help him find the right fit … not simply the next rung on the ladder.”
-Marcus Buckingham, best-selling author, researcher, motivational speaker and business consultant
This quote is spot on. When a great business leader hires someone, they are looking to hire the best talent possible. While experience and determination are part of the criteria businesses look for during the hiring process, talent trumps everything else. When you are striving to reach an objective, it is about the outcome, not the steps it took to get there.
Focusing on an employee's strengths, not their weaknesses is key, and often by doing so you will find the perfect fit for them and your business. This is good advice for any aspiring business leader.
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
– Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.
These words pair well with the previous quote from Marcus Buckingham. To be a success you must pick the best people and trust them to do the job.
"If you wait for customers to tell you that you need to do something, you're too late. [ Click to Tweet This ] Good business leaders should be half a step ahead of what customers want, i.e. they don't actually quite know they want it. That's what innovation's about. With Plan A, we didn't wait for the consumers to tell us."
- Stuart Rose, former executive chairman of the British retailer Marks & Spencer
A great business leader does not do well by just reacting to what customers want; they already know what they want. It is up to them to be proactive, not reactive.
"By my count, more business leaders have failed and derailed because of arrogance than any other character flaw." [ Click to Tweet This ]
- Harvey Mackay, famous businessman, author, and syndicated columnist.
Never rest on your laurels or believe you know everything. A great business leader needs to be humble and learn from both their own experiences, and the experiences of others. Once arrogance sets in, you cease to learn and will grow stagnant.
Business is not just about numbers, it is about people. Treat others the way you wish to be treated and your investment in them will consistently pay dividends.
Be humble, dedicated, and stay ahead of what the public wants, and you will be heading in the right direction.
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." [ Click to Tweet This ]
- Albert Schweitzer, theologian, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary.
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