Let’s tackle this question in two parts. First, “why leadership?” Then we will dive into “why a mastermind?”
Why leadership? The answer to this question is simple. I believe we need more strong leaders. However, to articulate this point we need to define what it means to be a strong leader. I believe, like so many of our thought leaders on this subject, that becoming a strong leader is a journey. No one wakes up one morning as a strong leader. It takes work. And the work needs to be consistent, intentional, and without hesitation.
I also believe there are thirteen necessary qualities associated with strong leadership. I call these thirteen necessary qualities “absolutes.” Each absolute is uniquely a part of the journey. We can be super strong at 12 of the 13, but weak at one of the absolutes. That’s okay. No one is perfect, but we should all strive to improve.
Can anyone be a strong leader? Yes, I believe anyone can be a strong leader. However, it does not occur by happenstance. Strong leadership occurs because one has assumed the challenge of intentional growth, works on it consistently, and does not give up no matter the challenge. Have you ever been challenged? Of course you have. We all have. What do you do when you’re challenged? Put your head in the sand? I hope not. Face the challenge. That’s one of the absolutes by the way!
Now, for the second overarching question posed, why a mastermind? Let’s first define a mastermind. Napoleon Hill defined a mastermind as, “coordination of knowledge and effort, in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose.” This definition can be found in Mr. Hill’s book Think and Grow Rich, Chapter 10.
When people get together for the purpose of accomplishing an objective, the chances the objective will be achieved are much greater. Why? Because there is accountability among the group and a synergy of thoughts. Basically, we get smarter because we learn and are challenged from our peers.
Now you might be asking, why should I work to strengthen my leadership skills? Two reasons. First, because the world needs stronger leaders. We need leaders who will provide direction, support, and guidance to the masses. We need leaders who positively influence and impact the lives of others. The second, less altruistic reason, is personal economic growth. Multiple studies have shown that stronger leaders end up with higher compensation levels. Why? Because stronger leaders can more positively influence an organization’s profitability. This is true whether it be a large multi-national or an entrepreneurial start-up. Positive influence is positive influence. In a 2014 study commissioned by a large commercial bank, one of the outcomes showed that strong leadership increased company net income. As provided by Forbes in a January 15, 2015 article “Great Leaders Can Double Profits, Research Shows” the top 10% Great Leaders realized nearly $4.5 million in net income growth.
So, do you want to improve your own financial outlook? Do you want to make a better impact on the people around you? Well, become a stronger leader. Join my mastermind on the 13 Absolutes of Leadership. You are guaranteed to come out of this four-week mastermind armed with stronger leadership tendencies. Hope to see you there!