Where’s The Top of the World?

If you’ve ever attained the pinnacle of your profession or been recognized as “the best” at your avocation, it can feel like you’ve reached the top of the world; you’ve got nothing left to prove and you can now step back and rest on your laurels. It can definitely feel that way; and yet, deep down inside, there is this little nagging voice that insists that there is still something left that needs to be done. While many people are able to ignore that voice, Great Leaders stop and listen carefully, recognizing the truth that is being spoken … there is still much to do if they are to truly reach the Top of the World.

Great Leaders understand that they are within reach of the top, but they are not there quite yet. To truly reach the top, they must now identify those individuals who have the ability to excel but may never do so without the help of another … a coach, teacher, mentor, advisor who comes along at the right time to help them overcome a hurdle that may be blocking or delaying their progress. Great Leaders offer that helping hand, the timely suggestion, the encouragement that is needed and helps another achieve his or her goals, the pinnacle of their success.

For Great Leaders, helping another to succeed is a passion, a commitment that drives them. Great Leaders realize that the true “Top of the World” comes when they get to sit in the audience and quietly think, “I helped this individual realize this moment.” Great Leaders do not brag or boast about this. They do nothing to detract from the other individual’s moment in the spotlight. They do, however, enjoy a momentary smile as they look around and ask themselves, “who can I help today?”

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Tom Hoisington is a speaker, trainer, and author whose goal is to provide leaders and potential leaders with tools that empower them to build teams that are creative and cost effective along with a clearer understanding of how personality types interact within those teams. He can be contacted at tom.hoisington@eagleoneresources.com

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