Bill McBride knew that he wanted to work in the health club industry when he was 18 years old. “Clarity of direction is key to being a successful leader,” he told attendees at the 4th annual ChinaFit/IHRSA China Management Forum. McBride followed through with his plan to work in the industry, and is now president and CEO of Active Sports Clubs & BMC3.
Noting that he never stops learning, McBride said that he particularly admired and followed the advice of two leaders: his father and General Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State. Following are 10 leadership lessons he shared with Forum participants:
- The day people stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.
- Never neglect details. If you get the small things right, you are more likely to get the big things right.
- Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
- Have fun. Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves.
- Know yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, preferences and style.
- Know your team – what motivates them and who they are as people.
- Admit your mistakes and apologize when you offend someone. That builds trust.
- Trust your “gut” instincts. If something feels “off”, it usually is.
- Be disciplined. Being great at 1 or 2 things is better than being mediocre at 5 or 6 things.