Jon Huntsman said:
“The first and most important decision in one’s success is carefully choosing the people who will surround you. Make sure they share your values, make certain their character defaults to highmoral ground in times of stress, ensure they are bright and comprehend results, and be confident in their loyalty.”
There is a great deal of success process in these 2sentences.
These 4 points that are brought out by Mr. Huntsman.
Today, I want to take each and expand a little on how it could apply to you and your organization.
Success means picking the right people to surround you.
Be assured all of us can still make mistakes, but these points will at least set you moving in the right direction to success from the start.
1/ Make sure they share your values.
In a world where values seem to have taken second place, it is important that you have the right values and you share them with your team. As the leader, they look up to you, what you do, and how you do it. Always remember that success means to walk the walk. Others watch what you do, not so much what you say.
Write down your values; itis a great little exercise to help you grow.
2/ Make certain their character defaults to the highmoral ground in times of stress
The greatest time to fall on our character is when we experience stress. When backed against the wall and it seems we have no place to go, our values often can get compromised. Teach your leaders that in going for success, this is not acceptable. Stress is part of leadership and when the times get rough – you know, the tough get going. You do what your team will do.
When you look at the fall of great leaders, you usually also see the fall of those around them. Success means taking that high moral ground.
3/ Ensure they are bright and comprehend results
Bright does not mean educated.
Bright means they know what they must do, andthey move forward to do it.
It means they know how to decide and do not procrastinate or hesitate while the opportunity flies by.
It means they know because they have watched you as you show them success.
4/ Be confident in their loyalty.
If you want to learn about loyalty, take a look at a dog. Simple the most loyal animal in the world. That does not mean you can do whatever you want and still expect loyalty, but it means that when times get tough,when you need help, when they must step up and take your side, they do. They are always there for you, so set the example of being there for them. Success is about loyalty, yours and theirs.
Do not, however, surround yourself with a bunch of “yes” people. Thisis not loyalty. In fact, “yes” people are usually the first ones to turn.
There you have it.
Success and what it means.
Now,where do you go from here?
Thisdoes not mean you clean the house today, but it could.
Let this information sink in and see where it takes you when thinking about success.
Most times, it makes us look at ourselves first, then our team.
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