Everyday corporate warriors go to work armed with their lap tops and to-do lists to perform their jobs and make a living. The CEOs strategize to provide value to their shareholders and worry about the bottom line on their quarterly financial statements. But every now and then, emerges leaders that redefine the rules of the game. The names that are on top of the list recently are Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk.
What is different about them from any other successful CEO or executive?
Leaders like the ones named above unmistakably make a big splash in the business world by getting accolades for their innovation as well as occasional brickbats for their idiosyncrasies. Apart from the attention, their IPOs shoot up sky-high the day they ring their bell on stock exchanges validating the faith people have in their ability making them instant billionaires. Most significantly, what is noteworthy is they get what every leader craves for and wants to achieve in their lifetime and that is to become role models for the generations to come. The lucky few write their name in history books. And they are the GAME CHANGERS!
Let’s look at the profile of game-changers that becomes history re-writers?
- They have an entrepreneurial streak from a very young age. In fact, they break out mostly with their own start-up after college than climbing the corporate ladder route.
- They use their skill set or partner with someone to innovate what others fail to see.
- They absolutely blindly believe in their idea and go to great lengths to bring it to the market.
- They are loners and they are single-mindedly obsessed with their idea.
- They don’t start out with a grand vision of the end-game but they take a step by step approach.
- Once their idea makes it big then even though their success can reach dizzying heights they don’t lose sight of their core strengths.
- They surround themselves with like-minded people.
- They earn respect of their peers and people because of their vision and not because of the title.
- And most importantly, they have a single goal in their mind – to change the world. They don’t care about what other people think about them or stress about the shareholders value.
- They care about being autonomous and therefore keep majority vote (lesson learned from many founders that lost their companies to board that don’t share their vision).
If you’ve read biographies of Tesla’s and SpaceX’s Elon Musk or Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg or Google’s Larry Page or Starbuck’s Howard Schultz or Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, you can tell that these game changers have all the above attributes in common. Their purpose is clear in their mind that they want to change the world for the better and they bring together people that believe in their purpose.
Does this mean only entrepreneurs with those characteristics can become game changers? NO! A leader whether in a corporate world or business owner can absolutely take organizations from ordinary to exceptional and become a game-changer. Here is the blueprint to make it happen
- Never be satisfied with mundane. Instead of dumbing your brain to carry out the tasks of the job methodically, identify the opportunities to either improve or innovate in every which way possible.
- Become a doer. A dream is not worth much if it cannot be changed into reality. Be relentless in your pursuit to bring your idea to fruition.
- Have the audacity. Make it happen no matter the resistance and the resistance will be your follower.
- Challenge the status-quoon everyday basis. Figure out how best practices can be improved to create a new way. Do not take “it has always been done this way” as an answer.
- Align yourself with a bigger purpose– make a difference. Corporations today understand that there is a direct relationship between profit and making a social impact.
- Finally, inspire peopleto come join your purpose.
If you want and dream about changing the world, you WILL change the world and in the process become a game changer. Are you ready to be one?