What Every Successful Leader Needs To Know 

The best leaders exhibit certain traits that make them hugely successful. While a leader’s actions may be scrutinized at all times, there are qualities that make leaders stand apart from the rest. The successful leader knows to apply the traits that have made other leaders strong. What has made other leaders strong is that they know, what they know and what they need to know.

Every successful leader needs to know the following:

Make effective decisions. Great leaders are decisive and proactive. They maintain preparation and stay well informed on every issue so they’re ready to make even difficult decisions on the fly. To be a great decision maker requires building consistent sources of good information, organizing that information in a way that allows you to access what you need to know and connecting the dots where you need to. People may say you have great instincts for making the right decision, but it really comes down to preparation.

Skillful problem solving. Recurrent problems are often symptoms of deeper issues. Quick fixes may seem convenient and smart, but they usually solve only the surface issues, wasting time and resources that could be devoted to a real solution. For getting to the root of any issue, I teach my clients to use the technique of the five whys. If you’re ever been around a preschooler, you know how it works. Drill down to the root of the issue by asking “why?” five times. Then when a countermeasure becomes apparent, follow through to prevent the issue from recurring. Becoming proficient in techniques like the five whys will make you a skillful problem solver.

Identification of opportunities. Opportunities are all around us. Successful leaders know how to identify them early—not through some mysterious gift but by devoting time and effort every day to tracking and analyzing trends and tendencies in their organization, their community and their industry. They make connections and see options that are invisible to most people.

Credible leadership style. Of course there’s no single correct leadership style that works for everyone in all situations. To be credible as a leader, you need to be able to adapt your approach when necessary—but it has to be consistently authentic, something that grows out of your identity and values. Equally important is consistency between your leadership and your own actions. Even as they motivate and inspire trust, great leaders accept responsibility and hold themselves accountable for the things they say and do.  Their actions, decisions and motives are all grounded in integrity and trust. Leaders become great when they motivate others to do great things just by being themselves.

If you want to be a successful leader you need to know what you know and what you don’t know. That means understanding how and when to make a decision, recognizing problems before they appear, constantly looking for opportunities to improve, and being aware of your leadership style.

Lead From Within:  When people believe in who you are, they’ll likely trust your decisions and actions—and that is always the mark of a successful leader.


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What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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 has become a national bestseller.

  1. Lyn Robinson

    20. Mar, 2018

    Lolly, I find following you has been thought provocative and I share many to my wonderful Customers ( Mom’s, God’s gift to us all) and I thank you.

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  2. Nicolette McDonnough-Foster

    29. Apr, 2018

    Thank you for the opportunity to find good relevant material on Leadership. As an early childhood teacher in the Carribean, I may not be able to afford your book but that has not stopped me to learn hat you share via the internet. Thank you. A good leader adopts best practices and never stop learning from the best.

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