If you are going to be a leader or hold a leadership position, there’s one quality you absolutely require to be successful.
You need to be a seeker.
A seeker is someone who is always searching.
Seekers bypass mediocrity and are not content to settle for the status quo.
They search for excellence with integrity and character.
To be a great leader, commit to seeking in everything you do:
Seek your true character. Leadership grows from character. Don’t be concerned with your reputation; instead seek to clarify your character, because your character is what you truly are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Seek your true character daily.
Seek your unique qualities. Don’t be trapped by the dogma of other people’s thinking. Work to discover and develop your own unique gifts and qualities and let them lead you to the kind of contribution that only you can make.
Seek the truth. Any form of dishonesty—distorting facts, false impressions, conscious misleading—harms your leadership. Work to discover the truth in every situation and speak always with honesty and candor.
Seek your own core values. Change is inevitable in business, in events, in the culture, in the people around you. Through it all, hold firm to the unchanging strength of your core values. When you do, you can challenge yourself in tough times, be courageous in fearful times and make a difference when it matters.
Seek to trust and to be trusted. Great leaders know there’s nothing more important than creating trust. Trust should be central to everything you do and every relationship you enter into. Seek trust in every action and every word.
Seek a compelling vision. As a leader, you are responsible for creating a culture in which people are inspired to work together toward something bigger than themselves. Seek your compelling vision so you can share it with those who will be with you on the journey.
Seek to share your knowledge. All the knowledge in the world is of little use if you don’t seek to use share it and use it in ways that help others. Cultivate the skills that will help you better serve, teach, mentor and lead.
Seek forgiveness. For many leaders the phrase “I’m sorry” doesn’t come easily, but it is the leader who can apologize and seek forgiveness who has true power. Seek to let go of your own anger, move past what hurts and look to make things right.
Seek something bigger than yourself. Living is about losing yourself to find yourself. The greatest rewards come when you seek a way to give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself and making a positive difference.
What you do as a leader is one thing, what you seek as a leader is another.
When you are a seeker you are constantly looking for new ways of doing old things, trying to find how you can make things better not only for you but for everyone around you.
If you can have just one quality as a leader, be a constant seeker.
Lead from within: As a leader, your main concern is not to avoid failure or to live in success but to always seek more meaning, growth and development.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is being released by Portfolio May 2017.