Gain the Mindset to To Perform At Your Peak And Rise Through The Ranks At Work

Performing at your peak and rising through the ranks can seem daunting.

You wonder what makes a person ‘leadership material’.

You wonder what traits or habits peak performers have vs. average performers.

The mindset that top performers have that make them become leaders is a long term, life-long perspective on their work that makes them a leader.

The result is benevolent sharing of resources and knowledge.

This begins with a voracious appetite to acquire knowledge in the first place to have a lot to share — but the two are a powerful combination.

Whether it’s contacts or mentorship, you elevate the people around you.

Thus, you’re a trainer and teachers first. You learn to teach and teach to learn.

This is both the cause and effect of your success.

Mastering your craft by teaching and becoming a leader in the process.

Leadership and State of Mind From the Perspective of Management

Management observes the ‘state of mind’ in which you’re operating.

Whether they realize this or not, deep down they know beyond the tangible results you bring to the organization, they also know your state of mind affects how you work, and the way you communicate with the people around you which is critical skill for leadership — perhaps the most important.

Communication is king and how you communication is based on your state.

They take a long term perspective when deciding ‘who to groom’ or who is ‘leadership material and your state is what creates the result, that is the culture and performance of the overall organization.

You have the power to elevate it or bring it down and managers know exactly who does what and believe it’s one of the major keys to a lasting organization.

The Culture Map created by Dr. Logan at UCLA demonstrates this beautifully:

Based on studying 24,000 professionals. At the top, you’ve got the ultra top performers who walk around in the state of “Life is Great”, and right below it, the collective state of “we are great”, which are both states of mind and the state of the organization respectively.

This is the exact framework Tony Hsieh of Zappos used to create his culture as well as Phil Jackson who led NBA teams to 11 championships.

‘We are great’ is that benevolence I talk about. The top performing teams help each other and lift one another to perform at each members individual peak.

The Power of Benevolent Knowledge Sharing Creates a Slipstream of Growth

The power of being around the highest quality inputs (people and/or knowledge to learn from ) and taking it in through the best available means necessary (serendipitous learning by being around one another or sharing knowledge through a platform) creates a slipstream like effect that allows the organization to effortlessly work together.

It’s like a group of cyclists who draft one another, taking advantage of each others wind energy to drive forward.

It’s the same thing when people you have bonds with share knowledge and contacts.

I’ve been working out of Expa Lab’s office. They’re a top start up lab in San Francisco.

The talent that comes through there and being a part of the Expa ‘slipstream’ has been priceless knowledge acquisition all around me and has helped me and my company develop.

With the best people come the best of everything else I take in. I rise with Expa.


Leadership skills are sacred and need to be relentlessly focused on and cultivated.

Becoming the trainer and teaching is the key to creating the leadership traits required to rise through the ranks and perform your best — which leads to the organizational growth that we ultimately want.

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