I am by no means a member of the upper crust, nor do I believe I am at the top of my game. Like many people though, I have lots of goals and several plans to reach them. It helps me to have some guidance from those who have succeeded, and well. To get there, I soak in as much as I can from those who occupy the 1%. One of the many things I have noticed about the people we all strive to be is that they don't want to be the only ones doing it right, they want you (and me) to join them.
When I was a rowing coach, there was a men's club team and coach that consistently won, had men vying to be part of the team and were the envy of club teams nationwide. The coach, who has turned the organization into a rowing powerhouse wrote a series of pieces about club rowing and coaching. He said to me once about creating that guide: "why should I keep this stuff to myself?, sure I like to win and want to continue to be successful, but what's the use if there is nobody pushing us, I want this for other teams too." It was compelling because where he was and is as a coach and where his team was and is was exactly where I wanted to be. He didn't have to share his ultra-helpful, wealth of knowledge. He could have easily kept the gold for himself. Instead, as those, who by no dumb luck, have reached the top do, he shared it, and encouraged others to apply his advice in order to join him and his organization on the medals stand.
This applies greatly to business leaders as well. Of course they aren't sharing their latest and greatest ideas in their industry, that would be a good way to be surpassed by the competition. They are sharing the ways to get there. They are sharing how they got to the place they are, and how you can too. They want companies and leaders to push them, compete against them, force them to get better.
From Tony Hsieh, writing about how to succeed in both business and life through happiness in Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, And Purpose to Ash Ambirge telling everyone who cares to listen to her tell-it-like-it-is way how she made millions and how you can too in her highly successful blog The Middle Finger Project, successful people help others.
True business leaders hire and inspire others to build them up, not put them down. They are generous, always learning and never-settling. They are teachers and coaches and are constantly giving credit to others. I want to be just like them.
The biggest reason I admire some of top-sitting organizations and their leaders is their interest in building the bottom half, inspiring us to aim high to someday be where they are.