Robin Sharma on The Responsibility of Leadership

by | Apr 17, 2017 | Leadership

Robin Sharma on The Responsibility of Leadership

In part three of the Lessons from the Masters series, I’ll be sharing some amazing lessons on the responsibility of leadership I’ve learned from Robin Sharma. He is the author of one of my favorite books of all time, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I have studied this book and have read it several times – I even have notes in one of my notebooks about the principles. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the notes from his talk at the Archangel Summit (Sept 2016) and my take on what he shared.

His most recent book is called The Leader Who Had No Title and as he shared with us, ‘we need more people showing up here as HEROES and as LEADERS, and people who are kind.’ Leadership starts with you & I. We can decide to lead today, even if no one is following us. There is a major need for leadership worldwide and trust me, we can make a difference by choosing to become a leader right now.

As Robin put it, ‘Leaders are inspired by change and leaders deliver results.‘ Many of us will make a commitment to leadership or to big goals, yet our daily habits don’t change. In order to deliver results, we have to change what we are doing right now. If what we are already doing was enough to make a change, we’d already have to results we want and achieve the goals we’ve set for ourselves.

I find that I am very aligned with what Robin shared but most of all when he said that ‘the responsibility of a leader is to develop other leaders.’ This is a lesson that I learned from John Maxwell back in 2008 when I first read the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It’s also the key to success and true freedom in network marketing. The mark of a solid leader in our profession is that when they are not around, the team continues to grow and duplicate – without them needing to be involved at all. I am still working on this.

Leadership is who you are when no one is watching.‘ Are you the same person with your family and your business partners? Or do you act on emotion with your family but use emotional intelligence when you’re in a business situation? Leadership is about being the same person, no matter what the situation is and being authentic to yourself, even if it’s uncomfortable. Here’s an example from my own life:

I had an interesting situation the other day, with a friend and client. She told me she had ordered products for her son from a direct competitor of mine. And right away I got emotional and started to say negative things about her choice. And then I realized, my emotional reaction had nothing to do with her. She made a choice that in that moment, she thought was best for her family – not because she was trying to do anything to me or my business. It was not about me in the least! And my emotions, I quickly realized, came from a old wound that hadn’t healed. I apologized, and told her that I realized my reaction has nothing to do with her. And the tension was immediately released.

We all get into situations that will trigger our emotions, and it’s how we choose to deal with our emotions that shows leadership (or not).

Robin Sharma is one of the great storytellers of our generation and he makes a difference everywhere he goes. He is humble and kind and a pleasure to be around. He reminds himself (and the rest of us) that he also came from humble beginnings and faced rejection.

This was the first time I heard him speak live and also had the chance to meet him to say thank you. It’s an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to express your gratitude for a mentor in person. We can send letters, tweets, post on Faceboook about them, however saying it in person is always so powerful. It’s also important to remember that our mentors are human beings, just like us. They are real people with real emotions and from what I have seen, most of them are thrilled when you express your gratitude about their work.

Which Robin Sharma book has had the biggest influence in your life? How are you stepping up to be a leader – starting today? What lessons have you learned from Robin Sharma?


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