Robin Sharma Speaks on Leadership

Published on July 22, 2012

Today at the health coaching conference in Washington DC I got an opportunity to hear keynote speaker, Robin Sharma, author of “The Leader Who Had No Title” and founder of Sharma Leadership International.

As always, I take away some golden nuggets from any talk I hear and today was no different. Before I share my personal take-away though, I thought I would just share some of my notes.

"The fears you don’t face become your limits.” Loved this quote. It is so true. When we allow our fears to get in the way of our dreams, we impede our progress and ultimately our success. Our fears ultimately chase us and we just keep running.

Robin pointed out that as we go through life, there are several things that we sometimes focus on that in the last hour of the last day of our lives just won't matter:

  • The watch on our wrist
  • Our big house
  • The new car
  • Our social status
  • Our career
  • The money in the bank

There are two things, however, that will matter:

1. Who we became

2. The lives we touched

Robin went on to discuss our role as leaders as we reach out to touch the lives of others. Below are points that he made which I took the liberty of paraphrasing.

Organizational excellence. Are your values aligned with those of whom you are in business? Do you share the same values? Does your organization have integrity?

Leadership is not about your title. Its about how you think, perform, and add value.

To lead is to serve.

The New Rules of Remarkable Leadership:

1. As a leader, you are not paid to just work. You are paid to be scared (feel the fear and do it anyway).

2. Old model of leadership is obsolete. Now, anyone can show leadership. You must be willing to do what only 5% of the population is willing to do. Victims love entertainment, leaders love education. Too many people are spending the best hours of their best days watching TV.

3. Leadership 2.0 says that the size of your position is less important than the bigness of your impact. “If you have not found a cause you are willing to die for you aren’t fit to live.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

4. Your #1 competitive advantage is developing and growing leaders at all levels around you and growing them faster.

5. Leadership is about 3 things: Inspiration, Influence, Impact. Be the CIO of your organization - Chief inspirational officer.

My Personal Take-Away:

The biggest takeaway that I got from his talk was related to #4 of the New Rules for Remarkable Leadership. 

For most of our careers, Chris and I have not really seen ourselves as leaders. Even when we had a big real estate team and senior move management company with employees and team members, I think we felt (and acted) more like managers. In the past 7 or 8 years, however, we have been given the opportunity to serve as leaders in a variety of roles and now clearly see the importance of growing other leaders along the way.

This idea of rapidly developing and growing leaders at all levels around us being our biggest competitive advantage makes total sense. 

The message from Robin Sharma came at such a perfect time because we are in the midst of hiring coaches for both our business coaching and our health coaching businesses. I get so excited about seeing people around me succeed that is it almost like a’s addictive.

It's our time for us to go from following to leading. From growing only ourselves to growing others. And from individual influence to making a major difference. 


Nikki and Chris Buckelew are recognized international coaches, trainers, and speakers.  Clients who hire Nikki and Chris are often seeking assistance in increasing their profitability without sacrificing their health, relationships, and core values. For more information visit

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