When a lot of people hear the word "philanthropy," they think about the 1%, America's multi-millionaires who have all the money they need and can afford to make large donations to their favorite charities.
One of the recurring themes to pop into my head while running in the last month was the similarity between how I was progressing as a runner and how I could potentially apply the same mindset to running my company.
There are many qualities needed to be a good mentor. However, there are a few that stand out that I would like to share with you. Here are the top 5 characteristics I've seen in great mentors:
The best CEOs will tell you that they have learned more from their failures than they have from their successes. Here, we'll highlight the most regrettable mistakes made by some of the world's top CEOs, and what learnings can be gleaned from those mistakes.
Businesses give millions of dollars to charity every year. Well, guess what? You can get a boost from charity in business, too. In fact, you can actually do well by doing good. Here's how.
Courageous leaders are inspirational. That isn't their ambition. It's simply a positive by-product of their character and powerful work ethic. By following the example a good leader sets, others can also achieve the same results.
Leaders help to create powerful, cohesive teams that enable organizations to achieve their targets. Part of being a great leader is understanding what the members of your team expect from you. You can use that knowledge to become a better leader and make them an even stronger team that can achieve anything.
So you've been trying to grow your business and now you're frustrated. Really frustrated. You want customers and clients, but so far, things aren't happening—at least not the way you'd like. Want to know why?
Leadership expert John C. Maxwell says, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Read everywhere you can. This means on the bus, while waiting in line, or any time that you get a few minutes.
What we, as leaders, do every day, how we behave, the things we get involved in, how we set priorities—our people watch, observe, and emulate. What we do always trumps what we say.