Leaders are open-minded, they are willing to improvise and excessively leverage on successes achieved by others.
Leaders are calculated challenge seekers. They know that it could be lonely at the top. Their willingness to do whatever it takes to get there is not possible without constantly reinventing themselves. Their mind is curious and open to new opportunities and ideas. One of the certainties in life and business is constant change and good leaders accept this fact and are prepared to it. They find the inspiration and ideas from their own experiences but also from competitor’s practices and other people’s success stories.
Everything starts with an idea in someone’s mind, but sacrifices and efforts have to be made to make it vivid and prosperous. Actions must follow as nothing moves in life and business without it. Leaders are always willing to improvise if and when everything else fails. They test, measure and perform different analysis and applications on the same problem in order to find better solutions.
Knowing when to ask for help and who is in the position to help
They know when to seek help and when all known and possible avenues have been explored. Knowing their own limitations serves as a breakthrough point where leaders borrow on strengths and capabilities of others to make their vision possible. Someone might say that there is a great deal of luck involved in every success story out there. The truth is that there is always more about preparedness and willingness to it than a mere hoping and wishful thinking.
Action drives willingness, procrastination breaks good intentions. Being prepared and taking massive focused actions ensure great results. Do your research thoroughly and find out what tasks to delegate, where are the bigger opportunities, what is missing that if provided could propel even further the success that you, your employees and subordinates have ever dreamed about.
Leaders are results oriented. They build their teams on strengths, not on improving minor weaknesses.
Having in mind the best interest for their businesses, leaders constantly improve on how they do things, how they conduct their business, how they encourage innovation and so on. They understand that the only thing certain and inevitable in life and business is change so they adopt and seek out opportunities to expand.
The leadership mastery in getting results reside in bringing out and leveraging on other people skills and knowledge, creating complementary teams of high performers and getting their shares for every project and objective co-created to get desired results. On the other hand, when stakes are high, people feel tense and seldom reason in a good possible option. They overreact and seek validations to support their basic premises. In addition, it is always easier to find weaknesses in others than to acknowledge their capabilities.
It is always easier to justify than to empower, to punish than to reward. Avoiding this trap is mandatory. When you build your case around effective collaboration and communication, where there are no places for issues to be left hidden – you build trust and remove obstacles in team development process. No back-door politics, no hidden agendas! Face your problems with the honest approach to find opportunities in every obstacle you may find.
What to do?
Ask yourself and your team:
- Is there an opportunity here for a greater success?
- What is the best use of our time, skills and energy?
- What results do we want here? Are we all on the same page?
- Are we committed to the project?
- What is missing ?
- What are the next steps?