Everything, it seems, is changing: business, politics, communication, even the climate. But who you are should be a constant. If you want to attain the things you want, you must first know what is your message.
Your message is our leadership story, here are a few principles to help you define what matters:
You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself. If you know what you want to achieve, you must know and understand your strong and weak points and be comfortable with who you are. When you can reach out to people authentically, it makes others comfortable. And when you understand your best and know how to give it, it unlocks excellence in those around you.
A set of clear values simplifies decision making. Your basic core values—what you believe—informs decision, every judgment, and every action that you make. When you’ve invested time in defining and understanding those values, they become second nature. Decisions are easier, and over time you become known as someone with a strong and consistent moral code.
It’s not just what happens to you that determines how far you will go; it is also how you handle what happens to you. Attitude is more important than education, money, circumstances, failure, success or any other factor in your life and work. There are many things in life you cannot change, but you choose your attitude every day.
Make sure that what you’re doing today is taking you closer to your goals. Set challenging but attainable goals and a compelling vision, then keep your focus there. It’s easy for short-term failure or distraction to take you off track. Setting your goals is like setting your compass. Once you’ve done it, you can check in often and save yourself a lot of aimless wandering.
You can acquire knowledge by studying, but wisdom comes with observation. Pay careful attention to the people around you. Notice their reactions; listen to what they say; think about what they’re leaving out. Let yourself learn from every vantage point.
Be yourself. As the saying goes, everyone else is taken. Don’t change to fit in, but seek out and develop your best qualities. We are what we pretend to be, so be careful about what you choose.
Persistence will get you there; consistency will keep you there. Don’t change your style of communication, or message depending on the circumstance. Be the same whether you are talking one on one or standing in front of a room of a thousand. Adapt to your audience and context, but keep your messaging consistent.
If things are to move forward, someone must be willing to take charge. Even in the hardest—and the best—of times, don’t leave things up to chance. It’s your responsibility to make sure that your company, brand, and organization exemplify what they stand for and what they are capable of. If you don’t shape the message, someone else will.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story. Coming together with a great team is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is what brings you success. When you have the right team, you have a group of people who are on your side, spreading the same message with the same passion as you.
Your leadership narrative is created by being who you are.
Lead From Within. As we create and develop businesses, companies, and our leadership, we can achieve much more with focus, discipline, and attention to everything we say and everything we do because it’s conveying our message–so lets make it meaningful.
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The Leadership Gap: 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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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.