They say that to be the best, you have to learn from the best. And when it comes to being a great leader, Tony Robbins can certainly teach you a thing or two.
He is widely known for his success as an entrepreneur, business strategist, self-help author, life coach and motivational speaker. His books and seminars have helped advise and guide people on how to improve a wide range of areas in their lives, including personal relationships, finance, business and health.
So what tidbits of information, insight and advice can Tony Robbins offer you on leadership? Let's find out.
"Great leadership begins with self-improvement."
1. Successful leadership starts with the mirror
Forbes Contributor Dan Schawbel recently sat down with the motivational guru to learn about his thoughts on what defines leadership and the kind of qualities great leaders possess. Robbins indicated that, in order to facilitate organizational success, you must first focus on improving yourself. He explained that effective leaders are people who excel in influencing others and being able to do that requires mastering your own psychology.
Robbins also told Schawbel that a top piece of career advice he can offer is to "work harder on yourself than you ever do your job or your business, because if you can become more valuable, you will produce a sizable result."
Of course, this isn't to say that a company executive should neglect responsibilities to develop and enhance a business but, rather, that the efforts to do so will ultimately be more effective and permanent if they are driven by someone who has a sound understanding of themselves.
2. You need to look at the bigger picture
It's easy for business managers and executives to get tied up in the chaos of day-to-day tasks and obligations. But to be a great leader, it is important you look beyond whatever is happening right now and consider the long-term goals. One of the strategies Robbins uses to inspire people and motivate them to act is through enticing storytelling.
"Storytelling at its core is creating a compelling vision," he said to Schawbel. "Your vision must be larger than yourself, larger than the moment. Leaders embrace what moves them, transforming these inspirations into clear visions of what they must (rather than 'should') achieve."Schawbel. "Your vision must be larger than yourself, larger than the moment. Leaders embrace what moves them, transforming these inspirations into clear visions of what they must (rather than 'should') achieve."
Robbins pointed out that this tactic was used by former President John F. Kennedy in motivating the nation to be the first to land on the moon.
If you goal is to create a more successful company, you could benefit by communicating to your team what essential role they play in helping the business achieve its goals. Rather than simply delegating tasks, make sure you paint a clear picture of why the specific function is important.
3. Proximity is important
Considering what kind of prolific leader he is today, one could assume that Robbins must have been given some potent nuggets of wisdom along the way. And they would be correct.
"Show your followers you're trustworthy and accessible."
In a live Q&A event with Product Hunt last year, Robbins revealed that one of the greatest pieces of advice he ever got was that "proximity is power." By positioning himself closely to people who possessed the expertise, skills, qualities and connections he desired, Robbins explained, he had a direct line of access to opportunities that helped him achieve his goals.
To be an effective leader, it is important that you make your "followers" feel like they can trust you. And that means you have to be accessible. The power of proximity is also applicable to leadership development when it comes to working alongside, rather than above, your employees. Your staff will have more respect for you if they are able to see that you are willing to put in the same amount of time, sweat and tears needed to get the job done.
Although there are actionable steps that you can (and should) take to improve your leadership value, it is important to remember that it is not a one-and-done deal. Success is an on-going process and it is crucial that corporate leaders are continuously checking in to refine their skills and uncover ways in which to make their organization, their employees and themselves better.