I have been lucky to coach teams and manage radio stations all around the world. During those exciting missions, I have learned from the best and sometimes from the worst. Some of the managers I have worked with have been incredibly human, and they have done everything they could to help. I will always remember Max Guazzini, Axel Duroux, Bob Gonzalez, Peter Waak, Bob Longwell, Jeremy Millard, Eric Stephens, Dennis Clark, Andrew Manderstam, and Irene Junqueira, among other amazing leaders. Below, I have shared some of the things I have learned from these managers.

We must focus on actions rather than simple appearances to become great leaders. Being a great leader is deeper than just standing at the forefront of the crowd. Often, we trust that someone looks or sounds like a leader, but rarely do we consider the actions and decisions of a leader.

Sometimes, we only must strike bold, new paths for ourselves. It is crucial that we not only lead others but that we remain willing to drive ourselves.

Offer help even if there's no obvious benefit to you. Sometimes, it can mean making a personal effort, and sometimes, it will require helping someone you don't know.

“If you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” ― Will Smith

Learn something new every day. Explore and engage with new people and new social situations. New activities will improve you in your leadership mission. Nurture your brain with new lessons and awareness, and continually develop your social boundaries.

"A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ― Bruce Lee

Allow inspiration from anywhere; even your adversaries. If you want to a be a leader of positive change, you need to analyze your competition regularly. In social media, sports, and business, we continually see examples of this kind of examination and research.

"Research is creating new knowledge." ― Neil Armstrong

Be alert to brand-new potentials. Have your mind open for the opportunity. The life of a leader is subject to constant change.

"An open heart is an open mind." ― Dalai Lama

Look beneath the surface and constantly ask questions. You need to move out the usual paths of knowledge. Take seminars and seek out the unique masterminds, coaches, and authors.

"Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers."  ― Tony Robbins

Improvise if no existing solutions are available. Look at your obstacle from all sides and regularly try alternative solutions.

"I like to think that we've got a plan, so let's stick to it. That said, once we've stuck to it, we're allowed as much improvisation as anyone cares to indulge themselves in."  ― Guy Ritchie

Get one person (at least) you care about happy each day. Making someone else happy also maintains your peace. Doing that every day will soon become a habit, and that practice will expand to the others around you.

"Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy." ― Deepak Chopra

Lastly, emphasize the positive. That way, as you know, you are more likely to see a positive outcome.

"When you are enthusiastic about what you do, you feel this positive energy. It's very simple." ― Paulo Coelho

If you grasp these eight steps, you will be a better leader and drive yourself to a more satisfied living.