The 8th decision in Sangeeth Varghese’s bestseller ‘Decide to Lead; 8 decisions that can make you a leader’ is “Run to Win”. To quote the author, “leaders focus on winning. Even as they face obstacles in life, all they concentrate on and work toward is victory – nothing more, nothing less. Leaders run not for the sake of running, but to win.” One of my favourite leaders is Walt Disney. Disney cartoon and animated characters have made us laugh and happy for decades. But life of Walt Disney was not as colourful and fun filled as the cartoons.
In business, what will you do if all your team members whom you nurtured and helped to reach excellence ditch you and join your competitor? What will happen when tragedies flow like a mighty river into your life one by one and you don’t have time to think! These and more happened with Walt Disney. Walt Disney was a great leader in the true sense – who always kept high expectations for his animators. He always focused on quality of work. He inspired a nation with his cartoon characters. Even when he was faced with criticism and setbacks in personal and professional life, Walt Disney knew what he was supposed to do. He was running to win.
Walt Disney did what others said was impossible to do. He believed that anything is possible. He was a master salesman; he sold well to do well. He embraced high risk to reap higher returns. He kept on growing because there was no survival without growing. Walt Disney as a leader has gone through all the 8 decisions.
Check out any leader, you will find all the 8 decisions coming into picture in that leader’s life. We need some introspection as to why don’t we have a Gandhi or a Walt Disney in us! I would say, we haven’t still taken the 8 decisions.
Are you running to win?
Mohammad Nibras P.K.