Earl Nightingale defines success as “the progressive realization of a worthy goal”. This directly addresses the fact that success is a result – and not just a randomly arrived at result.
Leadership is most often used by business or organizations but it applies equally to anyone who is prepared to “step up” into a responsible position at the head of an idea, course of action, or a group of people, who are similarly committed to shared belief.
A leadership mind set is never satisfied that what is known today, is where we stop. So where does this leave us? Leaders are thinkers, they have and are always developing ways to explore what is around them. They are prepared to admit limitations and then do something to overcome those limitations. They engage in best practices and are open to change and at time aggressive evolution to ensure that their organization is viable, healthy and well positioned to lead and not follow the markets.
Let’s look at some key leadership attributes.
- Working with Facts & figures
- Life long learning
- Legacy building
These are skills, some harder than others to master but all can be learnt, developed and utilized to effect “success “. Therefore result follows actions, bad actions most often results in failure, good actions result in success.
When we engage in leadership we taking charge of a process focused on a envisioned result, and that result is most often only achieved by working with others who want to share arriving at that vision with you, but for their own reasons.
The 10 attributes listed above can be divided into two groups of skills. 1-5 are skills of the heart, and skills 6-10 are management skills. When all skills are mastered and applied correctly the result is “Success”.
In my upcoming blog posts I will be writing about each of the 10 above attributes in detail along with case histories, practical skills to apply and pitfalls to avoid along the way.