Every entrepreneur wants to improve their business, increase profitability, create a better culture, boost employee engagement, scale the impact, and become a high-performance leader.
The next reasonable question is… How?
The issue is that most entrepreneurs are looking for the latest hack, trick, software, tool, or magic powder, while the answer to bringing your business to the next level is to work on yourself.
I am not saying that tools, software, etc. are useless, they are great, but they will never replace the necessity of becoming a high performer yourself. Your business is the reflection of who you are.
Consequently, high-performance leaders learn to master their minds, emotions, and time. They role model the way to get the best out of their team and consistently show up in the world as their best self.
Your business is a reflection of who you are
The way you act as a leader affects your employees’ workflow and feelings, which will influence the customer’s experiences and, eventually, your business. Consciously or not, who you are is having ripple effects around you.
If you are messy and inauthentic, your business will be chaotic and inauthentic.
When you are unfocused, your team lacks clarity.
When you are fearful, your team begins to doubt.
When you are uncertain, there is miscommunication.
If you are not showing up as your best, nobody will go the extra mile. If you don’t care, nobody will…
Whether you want it or not, your business reflects who you are. High-performance leaders assume responsibility and ownership for their team’s failures and the business’s health. Therefore, they show up as their best because they know that:
If they show commitment, their employees will be engaged.
If they respect people, they will be respected.
If they are more organized and productive, their team will be more efficient.
Above all, high-performance leaders know that they have to role model the way if they want to increase performance. They understood that they had to start with themselves to improve their business.
Part 1: The physiology of a high-performance leader
Your health is the foundation of every other aspect of your life. You can’t function properly if you don’t take care of your basic human needs: proper nutrition, enough sleep, intentional movements, lots of water, and daily sunlight. (learn about 6 easy ways to stop being tired).
You know what you should do and what you shouldn’t do regarding your health. But do you actually do what’s best for you?
“Common sense is not always common practice.”
High-performance leaders value their health and encourage others to take care of themselves. Your health is an investment with an infinite ROI. It is non-negotiable and part of their daily routine.
Furthermore, high-performance leaders are intentional about how they portray themselves to the world. As they kept yelling in my military training: ”stand tall, chin up, shoulder back, chest out!”. They learned to master their physiology and pay attention to demonstrating care, engagement, and respect to the people they interact with.
Part 2: The psychology of a high-performance leader
High-performance leaders are highly intentional. They take the time to reflect on themselves and behave consistently in alignment with who they are and aspire to be. They have complete ownership of their life and are not blaming anyone for their problems. They are authentic and show up with integrity. They are not shy to be vulnerable and decide to be brave instead of strong.
Most importantly, high-performance leaders assume full responsibility for their team’s failure and don’t take credit for their successes. They are always ready and never make excuses. Moreover, They focus on what is best for their business while keeping their ego out of the way.
High-performance leaders are teachable and keep learning because they want to become their best selves and inspire others to do the same. They don’t show the way; they lead the way.
Part 3: The best practices of high-performance leaders
Firstly, to remain calm and consistently make the best decision possible, they see thinking as a discipline and create space for reflection, debriefing, and integration. They create other leaders within their organization and understand how to leverage decentralization. They ask powerful questions and empower people to make decisions and give trust.
Secondly, high-performance leaders ensure that everyone understands what and why they do what they do. They challenge people and create a high-performance culture by encouraging initiative and acknowledging proactivity.
Lastly, high-performance leaders understand their role and work more on their business than on their business. They plan for the worst and expect the best. They prioritize to keep the main thing, the main thing.
Part 4: High-performance leaders role model the way
To sum up, high-performance leaders lead by example. They understand that they are linked with their business and that THEY create the culture within their organization.
“By helping others grow, you give them the opportunity to take ownership
of their actions and the results.”
You don’t become a high-performance leader overnight. It’s never too early or too late to start working on your mastery. What about starting today? What about committing to reaching your next level today to create more success in your professional and personal life tomorrow?
Whenever you’re ready, we should talk.
To your success,
Your high-performance coach, François.