“Be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when other people are fearful.”
— Warren Buffett
May I introduce you to a few veterans who can fix just about anything who just so happen to be in the Fortune Top 100 CEO’s Listing:
- Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, 85 years old
- Sheldon G. Anderson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands, 82 years old
- Roger Penske, CEO of the Penske Automotive Group, 79 years old
- Allan Miller, CEO and Chairman of Universal Health Services, 77 years old
You may have noticed, but we just took a 180º from the beginning of the blog to this point. It was necessary to prove my position and bring you back to reality: where leadership is developed through a mindset of skills and behaviors that require experience, and experience equals time.
There is no rule that says, “you must be this age to lead”, but there are considerations that come into play in order to maintain the tremendous pace and deal with the immense pressures of being a leader and having accountability for the success of the people under your direction and the profitability of the company.
Are there exceptions to the rule? No doubt there are, there are exceptions to every rule. However, when discussing leadership, don’t follow the “get rich quick method” because you will be the first to fail. If you don’t respect the process, you won’t experience the rewards.
The key is to focus on YOU. What are your aspirations? What are your goals? What are your strengths?
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH, AND HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET THERE?
This is your legacy — create it page by page in tremendous detail and explanation so others can learn from your journey.