Leaders Have High Energy Levels
Leaders must have plenty of energy, for themselves and for the group they lead. Leaders do whatever it takes, to get things done. People will naturally follow the high energy example set by leaders, and thus the group achieves its goals through enthusiastic work and determination.
Leaders Are Organized
Leaders are able to take a chaotic situation, and organize it. It helps immensely to be goal-directed and focused, as we’ve already discussed. Beyond that, it is important that the leader have the ability to manage complexity and juggle many different priorities. That’s why the art of juggling (throwing three balls or other objects in the air) is sometimes taught at leadership seminars. To successfully juggle three objects, one must learn to pay close attention to one object at a time, without completely ignoring the others. Successful leadership is similar. Leaders must be able to focus on specific issues, while considering them in the context of all the group’s other issues. Continue reading
Business leaders face challenges and risks in good times and bad.
If there weren’t any challenges, leaders wouldn’t be needed. If nothing ever changed, good management would be enough.
The ability to deal with challenges is what defines a leader. Leaders that respond to challenges with focus, resolve, and execution are most often successful in meeting them. Those that are slowed by unfavorable headwinds, demoralized by setbacks and get bogged down in activities that don’t create value are those that fail.
Today’s business climate is as challenging as any in recent memory. Continue reading
While reading my latest book on politics and economics, I came across a reference to a bible story called “Parable of the Talents’. In this story three servants are each give ‘talents’ (a monetary denomination used by the Greeks). To the first, the master gave 5 talents, to the second he gave 2 and to the third he gave 1 talent. The master gave each a different amount of money (talents), according to their ability.
Two of the servants doubled their money and the master was pleased with their results. The third servant, fearful of losing it, buried his money where no one benefited from it, including himself.
When the master summoned the third servant to get an accounting of what he had done with his talent, he was angry and displeased to find out the servant had simply buried it and where the money had no opportunity to earn interest. Continue reading
I was invited to do a Leadership workshop at a well known Fortune 100 company out in New Jersey. The all day event was geared toward their new crop of interns. At a point in my presentation I talked about the many reasons we come up with for not taking action. The many excuses we create in order to delay or defer acting on our plans to achieve success.
I talked about how we have a bad habit of ‘rationalizing’ why something can’t be done or be accomplished. We procrastinate because we convince ourselves that: It can’t get done, I don’t have enough time, I have too much to do already, I’m short on money so now isn’t a good time, My dog’s sick so I’m not in the mood to start anything right now, I’m not smart enough, I’m not qualified, on and on, blah, blah, blah. You get the idea! We rationalize why we can’t get going.
Did you ever break up the word ‘rationalize’? Continue reading