Source | Inc : By Jeff Haden
They’re all remarkably successful, yet in each instance at least one thing stood out to me–one behavior, one belief, one approach or strategy or habit–that I feel helps form the foundation of each person’s success.
And while it’s definitely presumptuous of me to choose just one outstanding quality for each of them…that’s what I did. (To make up for it, I’ve included links to the original articles and videos so you can decide for yourself.)
Here we go:
Jack Welch: Look for leaders with the “generosity gene.”
Jack feels he has never seen a great leader who didn’t have the “generosity gene.” Leaders who have it desperately want to give raises and promote people, and they get as much satisfaction from other people’s success as they did from their own
“Once you’re in charge of people, it’s no longer about you–it’s about your team. Any leader who still thinks it’s about him is destined to fail,” he says.
In short, Jack feels every great leader decides that his or her own success will only come through the success of other people.
And you should, too.
More from my interview with Jack Welch, including why an MBA is still relevant, especially to entrepreneurs.
Venus Williams: Always be an “and.”
Venus has been incredibly successful in tennis, yet she’s worked towards building separate careers for years. She’s definitely an and: a person who does this, and this, and this….
“To me, that’s normal,” she says. “From an early age, I had to figure out how to be amazing at what I did and do well in school at the same time. In my home, we weren’t allowed just to be athletes. We had to be students. And our dad taught us to be entrepreneurs. We would drive to a tennis tournament somewhere, and he would put in a cassette about buying foreclosure properties. We were 8 and 9 years old and we had to listen to how to make money on foreclosures.
“Obviously, we didn’t understand much of it. That didn’t really matter, because our dad was trying to establish that mindset of multitasking, of being an entrepreneur, of charting your own path…so for me, trying to excel at multiple things is normal.”
Trying to excel at multiple things should be normal for you, too. We’re all capable of doing more than one thing–and when you pick the right things, they often complement the others.