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The 9 Habits Of Highly Effective Leaders Who Outperform The Rest

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Ever since I discovered personal development, I’ve begun leading people. Not in the traditional sense, though. My leadership occurs naturally through social media which allows me to lead the most amount of people.

Am I an expert? Nope. I’ve learned a thing or two though about leadership from my experience and by being surrounded by incredible leaders.

People think leadership is only for certain types of people or that you have to have experience. Worse yet, that you have to do it as part of your day job. All of this is nothing but labels and outdated concepts. Anyone can be a leader including you amigo.

In fact, let’s make the advice even simpler; anyone can do anything. If you want to lead, go and lead. If you want to be a racing car driver, then go and do it. There’s nothing stopping you, only you! Leadership is a big word in my humble opinion.

It’s one of those words people are scared by because it sounds and looks like you have to do a lot. The reality is you don’t have to do a lot at all. It helps to be able to mirror a good leader although you’ll probably do this automatically so don’t stress.

Leadership is about getting a group of people to follow you in a certain direction. That direction can be negative, like telling them to drink poison with you to wash them of their sins, or it can be positive, like building a movement to change the world. I’d steer you towards option two.

Leaders who are highly effective and outperform all the other wannabe’s do the following:

1. They’re real

I talk a lot about puppets in my blog posts. Highly effective leaders are real and have nothing to hide. They embrace their imperfection and almost celebrate it in a way. Just like the rest of us, they’re as confused and as messed up as we are.

That’s the point. We’re all so similar it’s just that leaders accept that fact and then rally people around the idea. What makes them want to lead people are the struggles they’ve endured and the lessons they’ve learned.

“The best leaders can often come from the darkest of places” – Tim Denning

Information is not power though. It’s the sharing of information that leaders are born from. In my case, I know plenty about the online world and business, and I will share that knowledge with anyone that’s interested. That’s what real leaders do

2. They’re confident without being cocky

The best leaders are confident without being cocky. They back their decisions and are prepared to walk away if need be. They don’t walk away permanently, but for long enough to rebuild and come back fighting.

Ego is the enemy and leaders know it better than anyone. Too much confidence can result in poor decisions. Not enough confidence can make people not resonate with you. It’s that fine balance of confidence that leaders nail every single time. It’s what they’re known for.

3. They’re very curious

Ever seen a leader locked away in an office away from the action? They’re not leaders, their managers or dictators. Leaders embrace open plan environments, and they welcome people towards them. A good leader knows that allowing others in, and being curious about their ideas, is where the next big thing will come from.

Curiosity in entrepreneurs also lies within leaders. It’s about being open-minded so you don’t miss what’s standing right in front of you that could punch you in the face and knock you out. “Pretend leaders” have this happen all the time and then blame others for their misfortune.

4. They continually promote innovation

Nothing lasts forever and highly effective leaders know this better than anyone. That’s why they’re constantly looking to the people they lead to find new ways of doing things. They’re obsessed with doing things better, and they empower their followers to adopt this way of thinking.

Fantastic leaders don’t talk a good game about innovation they demonstrate it through daily action. Rather than talk about innovation to look good, they show it through the ideas, products, outcomes, services, and game-changing results they produce.

“An Innovation mindset is how great leaders change the world every day” – Tim Denning

5. They outsource everything

Leader’s know that they are only one person and can’t do all of the “doing.” That’s why they almost never do anything themselves, and that’s the best decision they’ve made since they became a leader. They concentrate on what they do best which is leading people and getting the best out of them.

6. They never compromise on honesty

This one should apply to everyone, not just leaders. The moment you think it’s okay to be dishonest is the moment all of your success disappears. Phenomenal leaders are overly honest, especially when they screw everything up.

Rather than play the blame game they take responsibility, look you in the eye, and give you confidence that they’ll come back ten times harder. Leaders are winners. Their followers are also winners.

7. They make it not about them

This one’s rare….very rare. World-class leaders don’t make success about them. They shine the spotlight on their team and don’t want any of the glory. They know that if the team get’s the glory, then they’ll get what they’re looking for.

Just like the key to entrepreneurship, leadership is not about you it’s about everyone else.

8. They don’t manage

The moment you have to manage people you’re not a leader. Managing means that your team members have no clue why they’re doing what they’re doing. If this is the case, then it’s 100% your fault. People don’t need to be watched or told what to do when they are highly motivated.

When you have to manage, it means you don’t trust your team. If you don’t trust them, then they will never trust you. If this is how things are in your team, then quit and take a break cause you’re failing. Come back when you learn how the leadership game works and have another read of this article.

9. They know how to inspire

A leader knows that if they only perform one task it is this: they have to inspire their team towards taking action. It’s a leaders job to make you feel like you’re freaking Batman and support you.

It’s a leaders role to give you the wisdom you need to push through the challenges and help you uncover your why for even waking up. The top 1% of leaders know that they have to inspire themselves first before they have any hope of inspiring others.

They know that it’s who we are inside that matters the most and produces what we are on the outside. Leaders know that once we change the way we think, and we let our emotions propel us forward rather than hold us back, that’s when we will become the best in the world.

What have you noticed about highly effective leaders? Let me know on my website timdenning.net or my Facebook.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not

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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch

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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance

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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show

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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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