I’d be willing to bet that you’re a pretty competitive person.
After all, it’s quite difficult to achieve positions of success and leadership without that tendency. So that begs the question,
“How do you maximize YOUR competitiveness for continued growth?”
Well, you want to start by bringing people into your inner circle who are smarter, more accomplished, more connected than you.
As a competitive person, the tension you’ll feel because of that gap will cause you to shift into another gear of performance – one that may have been hiding under the surface in other less challenging circumstances.
There’s an old saying that goes, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room”.
I must ask, what rooms are you in, and who else is there with you?
There’s something psychological to this. When we see a peer who has created incredible results, two things happen:
- We feel CERTAINTY that this result is attainable because we’ve seen the proof.
- We think, if THIS guy/gal could do that, then I can DEFINITELY do that or better.
Our competitive spirit is stoked into action. We’re not to be outdone – especially when we know with certainty that it’s within our grasp.
So once again, surrounding ourselves with the right people isn’t just about learning their tactics. It’s about leveraging their accomplishments to push ourselves to take our leadership to the next level.
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A great way to “get in the right room” is through coaching:
- You’ll have someone who’s achieved great success personally and who has worked with other high-performing executives.
- Someone who will remind you that you’ve only scratched the surface of your potential as a leader.
- And someone who will help you harness your competitive spirit for greater results in your organization.
I bet you’d want to step into that room!