There are four must-watch television shows on my weekly calendar.  One is ABC’s Shark Tank.  This show in which aspiring entrepreneurs make sales pitches to venture capitalists (sharks) has become one of America’s most popular reality shows.  I would go as far to say it is the most popular reality show with leaders because it takes us into real-life business meetings.

In the November issues of Fast Company magazine, writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner takes us behind the show’s scenes and gives us insight into how apex leaders think.  The biggest lesson for me was what true success really is for these leaders.

True success comes from making others successful.  The following are 3 Practices Of Leaders Who Make Others Successful:

Leaders Make Others Successful By Providing Them A Platform – Leaders, are you secure enough to shine the spotlight on others?  Do you elevate those on your team in the eyes of people or do you have to be the center of attention?  Kevin O’Leary, one of the show’s sharks, said, “Shark Tank is a platform.  You can launch a product or service where tens of millions of people see it.”  Successful leaders know the more stars you create in your company, the more successful your company will become.

Leaders Make Others Successful By Improving Their Financial Status – There is nothing more contagious in any organization than generosity.  Generosity creates a culture of collaboration and a desire to see others succeed.  Greed, on the other hand, builds fences, erodes trust, and creates an environment where scarcity and survival prevail.  O’Leary goes on about a company he invested in called Wicked Good Cupcakes, “They [had been] doing $16,000 a week.  Within seven days of appearing on Shark Tank, their sales grew to $280,000.”

Leaders Make Others Successful Help Make THEIR Dreams Come True – Do you know the dreams of those on your team?  I always had a dream to write a book.  That dream became reality with this month’s release of The 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader.  I will be forever indebted to The Rocket Company’s executive leaders, Casey Graham and Michael Lukaszewski, for helping make the book’s launch so successful.  Sarah Ponn, co-owner of Surfset, said of Shark Tank’s help, “It sounds corny.  But it is the American dream, and we honestly feel like we’re living it.”

Provide Your Employees A Platform.  Improve Their Financial Status.  Help Make Their Dreams Come True.  If you do these three things, you will be well on your way to becoming a successful leader.

The 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader

Speaking of making dreams come true, you can purchase my book 10 Indispensable Practices Of The 2-Minute Leader by clicking here or on the image to the left.  With compelling simplicity this unique book examines 10 of those practices—each centered on a key word, a key statement and a key application.  Special introductory pricing for bulk orders exists for individual and small group studies.


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