Leadership and Life on Mars: Elon Musk Offers 3 Important Lessons for Entrepreneurs

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Are you ready for a trip to Mars? 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – blast on. The space-loving billionaire -Elon Musk- discussed his dreams of going into space and even life on Mars many times.

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great, and that’s what being a spacefaring civilization is all about. It’s about believing in the future and thinking that the future will be better than the past. And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars,” – Elon Musk

For many business leaders, believing in a future beyond their own hypothetical stars is what drives them forward each day.

These 3 lessons from Elon Musk will help you map out long-term goals, learning and development opportunities, and even succession planning:

1. Creating goals for the future

Most of the time when you start a business as an entrepreneur you have an idea of how you want to design your future and the future of the world. Look audacious entrepreneur like Mark Zuckerberg. He had the idea of Facebook in College and had the belief that it could change the world. And it did! Now everyone knows Facebook and about half the world population use at least one social media platform.

You are maybe not alone, you have probably a team and to transform the idea you have of the future you must share it with your team and help them see in the same way as you. You want your team to look to the future of your company and believe it isn’t stagnant — nor are their careers. They must be 100% dedicated of themselves to their roles, they need to see plans for the future. Even more important, they should be involved in the planning process.

You wouldn’t create a civilization on Mars without consulting the first travellers, would you? Their opinions, expectations, and needs would be key factors.

Give your team the same opportunity to plan for their careers by developing an entrepreneurial spirit in them. Challenge each person to make a business plan for their current or future role at the company. Ask them to layout where they see the company in five years and how they’ll help it get there.

“You want to wake up in the morning and think the future is going to be great” – Elon Musk

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2. Don’t make work about one miserable problem after the next

One of the hardest leadership lessons many of us learn early on is admitting our company has problems. The more important lesson is knowing how to efficiently and effectively overcome those problems, then move on.

Work can’t always be sunshine and rainbows, so the key here is giving your team the tools to rise above problems and work smarter. When a problem occurs, jump into a team meeting or call to quickly resolve the issue. This shows employees you’re always available to help, which keeps morale high.

Brainstorm ways to ensure the problem doesn’t arise again. Have employees note what they feel went wrong and how it can be resolved. Immediately implement these changes to show you’re focused on improving their work experiences.

3. Let them know you’re working to improve their lives

My mojo is “No Negativity Allowed” and it’s hard cause the negativity in this world is overflowing. You see bad news and gossip everywhere. You, your employees and your teammates must stay in a positive way of thinking. Even if you stay attentive on that, your employees have also life and outside influence when the day is over. And as a network marketer, I know that so much well, I have many teammates that fall in a negative attitude when they back with their family and friends. As the leader of your company, you can set-up a daily meeting for positive behaviors.

Recognize employees and teammates when they do something good and powerful. On the other way, don’t humiliate them – especially in public- when they do a mistake. I recommend “The New One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard. The author explains in detail how to well and positively manage employees.

“And I can’t think of anything more exciting than going out there and being among the stars.” – Elon Musk

Let employees know you care about their lives outside of work by celebrating their life events. If possible, give each person a day off for their birthdays and offer benefits to support important life events, like paid parental leave policies.

Which one of these lessons could you use most in your life right now? Let us know in the comments below so we can be of help!