We turned 1: five big lessons shared by my guests on world-class leadership

Today is a special day.  The World Class Leaders Show podcast turns 1 and I thought to share with you some of the key lessons that top performer CEOs, business leaders, and best-selling authors shared with me during the last 12 months. But before jumping on it, I got some news for you about the future of the podcast, this newsletter, and what to expect moving forward. As you know, in Season 1 of the podcast, I interviewed some really amazing people. From CEOs, C-suite Executives, Best-Selling Authors, and researchers. I wanted to get different perspectives on a variety of topics. For Season 2, I want to be more specific, so the goal is to interview mainly CEOs and understand more about their lives behind the scenes. They’re facing an incredible amount of pressure due to the market situation, inflation, a potential recession, but also they’re going through an incredible amount of uncertainty. So if you’re one of them or want to suggest someone, please drop me an email as I am currently looking for new speakers. However, I might interview some C-suite Executives and some investors if I see fit. Alright. Let’s get into the main topic now. I spent some time re-listening previous episodes and reading my notes and I identified five interesting lessons that my guests shared with me in the first season of the show. There is much more to add but I think this is a good starting point:

𝟏. 𝐈𝐭 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐬𝐞𝐥𝐟-𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬

You’ve got to round yourself out, and challenge yourself. If you can identify your weaknesses and can turn them into strengths – or develop your strengths even further once you understand them fully – then you can figure out what works for you in any given situation.

𝟐. 𝐂𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐫

Stop having regrets about your past failures or mistakes. Life and career are unpredictable and every single step you take has a meaning, even when you think is bringing you in a different direction. Don’t walk away, stay in the flow because things can turn into something special unexpectedly.

𝟑. 𝐒𝐮𝐜𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝟗𝟎% 𝐟𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐬

If there’s a single key to success, or an impediment to success if you don’t have it, it’s the ability to focus like a laser on whatever it is you’re doing. We’re not good at establishing and focusing on our priority. We allow too many distractions and other mechanisms to keep adding items to our to-do list. You need to learn of saying no to a lot of things that might be fun but not move your agenda forward. It is not selfish; it is selfless to do that. 

𝟒. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐩 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐧 𝐨𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

Your primary obligation is to leave things better than you found them; this applies to your company and your team. The connection between leadership and accountability is very tight. When leaders live up to that obligation, we applaud them, but if not, we judge them — sometimes quite harshly. You must fully appreciate that your company has given you a huge responsibility.

𝟓. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐩𝐢𝐭𝐲

You need to create a condition for luck and serendipity to happen and develop the ability to recognize serendipity when it takes place. You have to go to work every day with a tremendous sense of expectation that something good is going to happen. When you have that approach, you allow opportunities to come your way. What do you think about these ideas? I hope they help you generate some new fresh insights and take some actions towards your goal. Listen to the podcast related to this article: https://www.andreapetrone.com/we-turned-1-five-big-lessons-shared-by-my-guests-on-world-class-leadership-podcast/

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