Over the years there have been so many successful business leaders and influencers I’ve learned from over the years, and today I want to share some with you!
- Peter Drucker. Peter Drucker was one of the original thought leaders in leadership, and was a professor, writer, and leader of several businesses. One of his favourite statements was “Successful leaders don’t start out asking, ‘What do I want to do?’ They ask, ‘What needs to be done?’ Then they ask, ‘Of those things that would make a difference, which are right for me?’” Leaders don’t need to do everything, but they make sure everything gets done.
- Simon Sinek. His leading TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”, will change the way you lead. He takes a lot of the leadership training we do and sums it up in a 20 minute TED Talk. Along with several books, Sinek talks about the important of a business being clear on their “WHY” (their business purpose) beyond making money.
- Jack Canfield. This is perhaps an odd choice for leadership influencers, but his book, “The Success Principles”, literally changed my life. My soul knew that my restaurant career was nearing its end, and the next big transformation was close. This book helped me dive deep and look at my choices, responsibilities, and how I serve in a totally different light. So, if you’re feeling that the next big thing is coming, and you want some deep personal development to prepare you for the shift, this is the book to start with.
More honourable mentions go to Brendon Burchard, Tony Robbins, Brene Brown, Danielle LaPorte, Bob Proctor and so many others.
In the age of the Internet, there are so many people vying for our attention. Each of them have a different angle that they work. It really comes down to this: we need to CONSTANTLY be learning in order to progress. Pick a few influencers that you connect with, and study every day.