3 Invaluable Lessons from Rob Schallenberger

  1. Trust is critical to effective teamwork. Gauge each and every one of your team members to determine if they are on “full” or “empty” with regards to trust levels; like a gas meter!
  2. Invest in yourself as a leader. Read books, attend leadership and self-development seminars, put time, effort, and financial commitment into your leadership development in order to stay one step ahead of the curve and leverage your competitive advantage!
  3. Take responsibility instead of placing blame. Many company issues, particularly with teams and employees, can be traced back to leadership issues. Focus on yourself and what YOU can do to improve as a leader to transform your team and organization!

This week, host Sue Dyer interviews guest Rob Schallenberger, CEO of Becoming Your Best Global Leadership. Rob is one of the world’s leading authorities on leadership and execution. He has trained and coached thousands of people and hundreds of companies around the world (including Fortune 500, Dallas Cowboys, and more!). His work is based on the national bestselling book Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders.

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Rob’s Leadership Journey

Rob and his father Steve started Becoming Your Best Global Leadership 8 years ago, based on decades of research around the question “What sets apart great leaders and high performers from everyone else?” No matter what industry, there are certain people who always rise to the top no matter what situation or circumstance they find themselves in. What sets them apart? What did they do that other leaders didn’t do? Rob and his father discovered the 12 main principles that highly successful leaders have in common. There is such a lack of leadership today, even though it is the greatest predictor of success.

The 12 Principles

The 4 Principles of Transformational Leadership

Principle #1: Be True to Character

Principle #2: Lead with a Vision

Principle #3: Manage with a Plan

Principle #4: Prioritize your Time

The 4 Principles of Teams and Relationships

Principle #5: Live the Golden Rule in Business and in Life

Principle #6: Build and Maintain Trust

Principle #7: Be an Effective Communicator

Principle #8: Innovate Through Imagination

The 4 Principles of Transformational Living

Principle #9: Be Accountable

Principle #10: Apply the Power of Knowledge

Principle #11: Live in Peace and Balance

Principle #12: Never Give Up

Details of each principle can be found in the book Becoming Your Best: The 12 Principles of Highly Successful Leaders

The Principle of Be Accountable is particularly relevant for the construction industry. It is much better to work with someone who can take responsibility for what they do and try to fix it rather than someone who blames everything on others and who never takes accountability.

How are the 12 Principles Important in Construction?

Turnover is a real issue within the construction industry, coupled with concerns about the employment and talent pool to draw from. The 12 Principles are very important in construction because a lot of the concerns and potential opportunities/liabilities in the industry are leadership based. The 12 Principles are the pathway to becoming a great leader; each principle compliments the other. As a team member, it is much better to have (and easier to trust) a leader who has a clear vision, a good character, and who can prioritize their time properly.

How Organizations Utilize The 12 Principles

While developing the 12 Principles, it was clear that they needed to be sustainable so once people learned and utilized them, they would not be forgotten a week later. Rob’s company was inspired by Benjamin Franklin, who came up with 13 virtues. These 13 virtues embodied one virtue such as kindness or patience that he could work on each week, and then repeat when all 13 were finished. During each week, Benjamin Franklin would focus on that specific virtue and incorporate it into his life via thoughts and behaviors.

Rob calls it the “success rhythm”, and they invite teams to focus on 1 principle a week as a team and how to make it actionable. The hope is that over the course of weeks and months, there will be the creation of a “culture by design”, the team will be transformed, people who don’t belong there will be weeded out, and the best talent will prove themselves.

The biggest barriers to implementing success are ego and mindset. People with big egos think they have everything figured out and don’t really need help improving or being better. People with closed-off mindsets are also rarely willing or ready to accept change or improvement. 

Best Advice Rob Has Ever Received

The best advice that Rob has received are quotes: “You will be the same in 5 years as you are today except for 2 things; the books you read and the people you meet”, which ties into, “You will become the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” One of the worst things a leader can do is become complacent and think they are fine the way they are. Rob encourages leaders to read personal development books in order to stay ahead of the competition and focus on continuous personal improvement. We also tend to rise or fall with the ones we surround ourselves with. Great leaders need to be able to engage their team, so being around people who can bring you up is crucial.

Resources for Leaders

Parting Advice

“The art is in the start”, you don’t have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. It can be very hard to just start something, so Rob encourages leaders to focus on starting something that helps them become a better leader.

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Contact Rob Schallenberger

Visit becomingyourbest.com/contact-us to send Rob a message! He and his team will reach out to you!

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