How Ordinary People Become Excellent Leaders | Ep. 91


LeBron James is in the NBA Finals again. It’s amazing the level of performance he’s sustained for over 15 years. We all know he’s incredibly talented, but his success is not due primarily to his natural abilities. Hard work, dedication, and understanding how to succeed is far more critical to LeBron achieving consistent excellence. 

Today, let’s learn some lessons from LeBron and other top-performing athletes and take a deep dive into the 99% perspiration that goes into excellence, and what you can do to get into the habit of greatness. We discuss:

  • The seven areas of excellence
  • Self-imposed roadblocks
  • Steps you can take to improve as a leader

Don’t settle for mediocrity. Keep striving for excellence and tune in to this episode!

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What’s Discussed in This Episode:

  1. What is excellence? [04:18]
  2. The 7 areas of excellence [04:58]
  3. The self-imposed roadblocks to excellence [08:51]
    • Why people put roadblocks on themselves [10:26]
    • The difference between genius and dedication [11:48]
  4. The path to excellence [12:55]
    • Understanding quantitative and qualitative changes [14:24]
    • What happens if you make at least 2 qualitative changes [16:29]
  5. TDAAT: five things to remember to get on the habit of excellence [16:38]
    • Different techniques you can use to improve your leadership [17:09]
    • “Do what you hate to do, but do it like you love it” [20:27]
    • You must embrace the attitude of self-sacrifice to achieve excellence [22:20]
    • Associate yourself with excellent leaders [24:59]
    • Excellence builds up over time when you sweat over the small stuff [26:40]
  6. Excellence is achieved by putting together all the small things performed well [27:33]
  7. The compounding effect of making simple qualitative commitments [28:08]
  8. Steps you can take to improve as a leader [34:07]
    • A simple win breeds confidence [34:33]
    • Find someone who fits the definition of leadership you want to achieve [36:03]


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Pat, Glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the feedback. I'll have some more episodes in the same vein, coming soon. Eric

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Eric, really enjoyed this podcast. Extreme Leadership is one of my favorite business books. Nice to see that you are incorporating some of their leadership strategies into your podcasts.

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