Throughout my career, I have been blessed to work with some of the nation’s most respected leaders. Through these relationships, I have observed the many traits they possess that make up the foundation of their many successes. The following list provides a high standard for all those desiring to serve in a leadership capacity.
- Leaders Make No Excuses About Failures. Leaders learn, overcome and succeed. No one cares about an excuse; they only want to know what was learned and how the lesson, expansive as it was, is going to show a future return on investment.
- Leaders Have A Plan. Success is achieved by those who create their own definition of success, devise a plan for achieving that success and then work harder than most people would believe is sane to achieve their goals. Success is not dependent on education, family status or luck.
- Leaders Take Time To Think. Setting aside quiet time allows leaders to think about their personal future, business innovation and that next great idea.
- Leaders Don’t Cheat, Period. Not on their spouse, at golf, their taxes, not on anything. If a leader is observed cheating (and they will be), no one will believe that they will not also cheat on them.
- Leaders Are Inspired And Surround Themselves With Inspiring People. The ability to see beauty and greatness in others not only makes a leader’s life more rewarding but also inspires those around them to seek to excel to new heights. Negativity is a cancer that will kill your career and your company.
- Leaders Respect Others’ Time. Leaders arrive early to work, to meetings, everywhere they go; it not only shows their commitment, but also gives them time to organize their thoughts, to be cool, calm and prepared as everyone else struggles just to get started.
- Leaders Have Faith. Leaders have deeply committed spiritual lives. Through practicing their faith they have a deeper sense of peace that translates into being perceived with more credibility in other aspects of their lives.
- Leaders Celebrate Success. Big or small, leaders take the time to celebrate the successes of those around them. Winning is a habit that is created by establishing what success is and celebrating its attainment.
Now the challenge is yours, commit to yourself and others around you that each week, you will adopt one of these traits as your own. You will not only inspire others, but you will change the world.
In my next post later this week, I’ll share the remaining characteristics of a great leader. Don’t miss What Makes A Great Leader? Part 2.