Last week I discussed what a Global Extreme Leader is and the parities between global leadership and extreme sports captains. All well and good, but what if you recognized yourself as one of those 100’s of thousand’s of “leaders” out there who are merely meeting your established goals and collecting your paychecks? Isn’t there more to life? Shouldn’t we all be seeking to maximize our own potential, walk in our own greatness, and win at the great game of business? How would you feel knowing YOU make the impossible possible? Can you imagine the difference YOU could make as an Extreme Global Leader? What would it feel like to wake up every day energized by the idea of the amazing things YOU are achieving at work and in life? To have a plan to overcome your biggest obstacles to create and deploy extreme championship-defining strategies? To create your legacy as a game changer instead of just a game player? To know every day that YOU, yes YOU, are making a real and significant difference!
Well, here are some realities of what it takes to become an Extreme Global Leader, much the same as with an Extreme Team Captain:
- You have to want it more – never let up or give up: Lead your team with passion and confidence.
- You can only become an Extreme Leader in the process of producing extreme results.
- Know that what you say is possible…IS possible. Conviction, my friend…
- Realize that before you can transform your global organization, you must first transform yourself – and commit to doing so. Never ask others to do what you are not willing to do yourself!
- Remember that the stand you take is who you are – define your identity from your commitment to changing the game, not your history (what got you here will not get you where you want to be).
- Leverage a wise and knowledgeable mentor – identify and engage a real game-changer – commit yourself to continual learning through observation, emulation, and conversation.
- Recognize and appreciate that the journey is of far more importance and value than the destination will ever be.
- Leverage creative collaboration (across the globe) – ensure you have extreme players for all positions and lead by example into the toughest of matches.
- Always exhibit good sportsmanship – your fan club as well as your opponents are always watching.
- Practice 360 degree leadership – know what others perceive as your strengths and weaknesses & keep your playbook flexible.
- Know that competition is good – it pushes potential to new heights when leveraged for home court advantage.
While this may seem a daunting list, it is achievable. I can not tell a lie – it will require hard work, a strong and unwavering commitment, and a monumental belief in yourself, but YOU CAN become an Extreme Global Leader! How you move forward into your impossible future is up to you, but I would strongly recommend one action item above all else – Partner with an Extreme Executive Coach that will help you to define your impossible future, hold you accountable to it, and stand in your greatness (even when you can’t).