10 Keys to Success for: Leadership

1. Clear vision.

Continual change may be traumatic for employees, so leaders must paint a convincing picture of the future that motivates and prepares people for what’s coming.
How clear are you about who you are and what are you doing? Leaders know how they like to work and the kind of people they like to work with and what environment they work the best in, as well. Great leaders are clear about what they want and they have very clear goals (goals must be specific, measurable, and time-bound). Goals should be written so clearly that a child can understand and recognize if you have met your goals or not.

2. Life Comes at You Fast – Be Prepared, Plan and Anticipate

Be realistic about where you are to ensure that you’re not aiming too high or too low in the future. Have focus – it provides clarity for what you want to accomplish. Have good follow-through to get to your goals. Do your homework, be resilient and practice!!

Constraints are the limiting factors. These are things that set the speeds at how quickly you get to where you are and where you want to go. Why aren’t you already at your goal? Why aren’t you already great? What is holding you back? Remember the 80/20 Rule: 80% of what is holding you back is internal (your lack of ability, your lack of discipline, etc.); 20% is external (outside factors). So, start by looking inside yourself and determine what is holding you back.

3. Competence

The future belongs to people who are good at what they do. Become excellent at your work and continue to get better. People in the top 10% and 20% earn 5 times and 10 times as much as the average employee. Why? They are good at what they do. If you do not commit to excellence in your field, you end up being mediocre or average (by default).
So think about this… In what way are your products and services better than your competition ? What is your personal area of excellence? What are your unique talents? You don’t have to be #1 in the world; however, you want to be in the top 10%.

Have a teachable spirit. Stupid people think that they have everything figured out. Wise people know that there is ALWAYS something to learn.
Leaders learn constantly and also have to learn how to teach: leadership is like an apprenticeship program. You learn from someone more experienced than you, eventually becoming competent, then you give back by teaching other up and coming leaders. Learn more and you will earn more. Become a lifelong student of your craft. If you are not getting better, you are getting worse. If you are not continuously learning and growing, your skills will rapidly become obsolete. If you are not getting better, you need to read every day. If you are not getting better, you need to listen to audios every day. If you are not getting better, you need to watch training videos every day. Take one lesson per day to help you become better at what you do.

4. Simplify The Complex!

The reason why leaders are important is because of the situation, circumstance or condition facing the group. You can look at these things as being a need, a problem or an opportunity.
People will look to you to lead them as you explore,discover and plan the best course of action for dealing with this complex state of affairs. Therefore your leadership power key relies on your ability to systematically investigate, evaluate, map, organize and communicate solutions. Simplify constantly: convey what’s really important in your job, your department, and your company, by breaking the message down into three top priorities.

5. Creativity

With creativity, you can seek quicker and better ways to remove the constraints and accomplish your goals. The more you focus on getting better, the faster you will achieve your goals. Become solutions-oriented and the more you focus on getting better, the more ideas you create. We all have a natural genius inside of us, but you have to use it regularly and this will allow you to become smarter, brighter, and quicker.

6. NETWORK = Net WORTH

Increase your connections! It’s all about relationships. Do it from a pure place. Be sincere. By increasing your network, you build the number of people that can impact you..and that you can help in return. Make it easy for people to help you. Give them the tools they need to make connections and introductions for you. Politics is NOT an Ugly Word It’s all about organizational relationships. Assess the situation and make sure that you understand your organization’s politics. Realize that sometimes you need to stay where you are to make the changes needed in your organization.

7. Concentration

This is the key to great success. How do you concentrate? Pick the most important thing and focus on it. What can you and ONLY you do? What one task is more important than any other ? If you could only complete ONE task, what would it be? Discipline yourself to work on this and only this until it is done. our team will wonder about their priorities every moment of every day. How will you inform, reassure and coach them?

There are just a few items you should concentrate your efforts, attention and assessments on – they are your leadership agenda:

1) Security – health, wellness, safety

2) Wisdom – knowledge, relevance, applicability

3) Power – personal, team, shared, how much

4) Guidance – where, what, when, who, why, what & how

5) Syntropy – importation & focusing of power sources

6) Conceptuality – analyzing patterns, artifacts, concepts

7) [Universe] Frontiering – ask & find what’s out there?

8. Commitment

Be willing to work HARD for what you want. Leaders are totally committed to what they are doing. Leaders put their whole heart into their work. There are two secrets to commitment:
1) Work all the time you work – Don’t talk, don’t read the newspaper, etc. WORK.
2) Practice the 40+ Formula for Success – You work 40 hours per week to survive and everything above and beyond 40 hours is for your success. Always do more than expected. Always go the extra mile.

9. Attitude

Attitude determines altitude. Look for the good in every situation. You don’t have to change your spots! You do however have to serve the needs of different circumstances, constituents and considerations.
There are certain ethical matters that you must apply – you will need to be fair, honest, and consistent when dealing with people. Your behavior reflects your concerns, concentrations and character. Your leadership power key demands that you adopt the proper mental attitudes, behaviors based upon rock-solid personal values and motives driven by your most positive eccentric forces.

Can you adapt? Will you behave? Do you really care? These questions reveal the power behind this key.
Stay true to your own style: we each have our own style. Don’t fret if you don’t have a leadership style, it will slowly emerge. Most likely, you’ll probably lead, similar to how you liked being led. If it doesn’t emerge, then emulate a leader you admire, but who’s a fit with your personality. You can’t emulate a bold, brash leader, if you’re a quiet, strong introverted leader.

Never compromise your values and integrity. People remember when you make bad choices and decisions Always hold true to who you are and what you believe.

10. Cohesive culture

Employees expect their leaders to read a situation in emotional terms and proactively foster a climate of participation and collaboration. Leaders also devote time and energy to grooming talent, as well as recognizing and rewarding good work.

Feedback is a Gift (Information is Power!). Be open and acceptable to both good feedback and constructive criticism.
You can’t grow without the whole truth. Give permission for people to be truthful to you. Constructive criticism shows that you care about someone. Nobody takes the time to give feedback to someone they don’t like. They just walk away. Be honest with yourself about your strengths and developmental needs.