Consulting firm Gap International recently conducted a survey of more than 500 global business leaders to answer this question: What thinking leads to extraordinary results? The answers are both powerful and illuminating. Most surprising to the researchers was the fact that leaders who achieve extraordinary results are more focused on others than on themselves.

Says Pontish Yeramyan, president and CEO of Gap International, "It makes sense that in order to achieve exceptional thinking,  strong leaders are thinking about how to make a difference in the world, while also considering other people, because oftentimes, in order to achieve great things, the contributions of others are required."

According to Gap International, these ways of thinking can lead those who practice them to extraordinary results. If you adopt these mindsets for your own, you too can achieve extraordinary results.

1. Purposeful

Leaders who are purposeful want to have an impact on the world, leave a legacy, live a life with purpose, and they believe that God/spirituality plays an important role in their lives. Leaders who have a strong purpose guiding their efforts achieve extraordinary results.

2. Other people

Instead of focusing on themselves, leaders who achieve extraordinary results focus on other people--their employees, their customers and clients, and their other stakeholders. This focus on other people includes helping others, care of people, setting people up to win, collaboration, contribution, connection, love, relationships, appreciation of others, and people mattering and having potential.

3. Positive outlook

When you have a positive outlook, freedom, choice, possibility, optimism, and positivity are all important elements in the way you view the world.

4. Maximize possibilities

Leaders who strive to maximize possibilities focus on finding solutions, structure and logic, optimizing, and making the most of what they've got.

5. Growth/evolution

The growth/evolution mindset comprises learning, curiosity, discovery, innovation and creation, risk, challenge, and "going for it."

6. Experience with life

Achieving extraordinary results means having a life, and experiencing fun, joy, ease, and happiness, while creating an environment and space that facilitates these experiences and playing games.

7. Get it done

Ultimately, achieving extraordinary results requires perseverance, persistence, follow-through, hard work, effort, outcome focus, and winning.