Successful leaders are comfortable acknowledging that they would choose to do things differently when they have learned the transformational power of handling situations in ways that consistently produce positive outcomes.
The truth is that we all learn from our mistakes. In fact, experience is often the best teacher – and the best teacher is often the person who has had the worst experience.
How about you? What would you say to doing things differently, if it meant experiencing more successful results?
3 Transformational Stories of Success
Did you know that Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories”? She learned something from the experience and could teach us all a thing or two because today, Forbes reports her net worth to be 3 billion dollars!
Winfrey, born to a teen mother in rural Mississippi, overcame a tough childhood that included no indoor plumbing.
Josh Ozersky writes that Colonel Harland David Sanders was fired from dozens of jobs before founding a fried chicken empire. Kentucky Fried Chicken was his successful creation – but he failed at his own business and found himself broke at the age of 65. Yet, his 11 Secret Herbs and Spices Recipe is still kept in a vault in the corporate headquarters, surrounded by security devices!
Early on in his efforts, the Colonel drove around in a Cadillac with his face painted on the side, begging the owners of run-down diners to use his recipe and give him just a nickel commission per chicken.
Vera Wang had hoped to be an Olympic figure skater but failed to make the 1968 US team. After becoming an editor at Vogue, she was passed over for the editor-in-chief position. She was able to be involved in Olympic skating after all. Deciding to do things differently, she designed skating costumes for skating champion, Nancy Kerrigan. At the age of 40, she did things differently by focusing her talents on designing wedding gowns, leading her to a business worth of over 1 billion dollars.
“When you fall down — which you have to [do] if you want to learn to be a skater — you pick yourself right up and start again. You don’t let anything deter you,” says Wang.
3 Things Successful Leaders Do Differently
- Successful leaders are transformational leaders. Seth Godin puts it this way, “Transformational leaders don’t start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they’d like to create instead.”
- Successful leaders seize the moment. You can never know what a moment may offer you, where it can take you, or what it might leave you with. But every person who has ever succeeded at something has also failed at something else. And failures that are viewed as opportunities fail to defeat those determined to find – and enjoy – success in life and business.
- Successful leaders promote teamwork. They surround themselves with people that have different personalities, motivations, and skills. They know that diversity is essential to developing the right team, a team that possesses a variety of necessary skills, enabling them to work effectively toward successfully achieving goals.
Successful leaders are not always immediately recognized. Why? Because success is rarely immediate. Success takes strategy, time, patience, diligence, and grit.
Successful leaders impact the workplace in ways that are often taken for granted. They inspire others to achieve more, by doing more themselves. They influence through positive communication, encouraging optimism, healthy relationships, and confident attitudes.
Successful leaders embrace change. They recognize that better results are often only possible by doing things differently. They also realize that it’s not enough to merely say you will change. To bring about change in the workplace and in life – you must lead.