Habits of successful leadership is directly related to the definition of success. Success is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains fame, wealth, etc.” Based on this definition, we can clearly state that achieving success varies from one individual to another and from one organisation to another. It is clear from this definition that the key word is desired aim which can also mean objective, target, intention, ambition, purpose, aspiration, goal, etc.
Habits of Successful Leadership – Intentionality
Everyone wants to be successful but not everyone has what it takes to become one. One of the reasons being that people or organisations do not have a tailor-made definition of success for themselves.
Success rarely comes overnight and when it does, being intentional keeps it going. We have individuals that didn’t set out to be wealthy or famous but ended up being wealthy and/or famous.
To remain wealthy or famous, however, they would need to be intentional; intentional about the places they visit, the things they say, what they wear and how they manage their wealth. This is because they have attained an influential position and their behaviour has a great impact on not just themselves but also those that look up to them.
“When purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable” according to Myles Munroe. The same way what we own and use are defined and created for particular reason(s), individuals and organisations should have a purpose, a reason for their existence and presence. What need(s) are you created to meet, what value(s) are you meant to add and what problem(s) were you made to fix in the world?
The answers to these questions make the definition of success easier and possible. As organisations, our core values and mission statement should form the basis of our purpose. Success can only be achieved when our daily activities are in line with our purpose.
Norman Vincent Peale wouldn’t have said it better – “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”. One of our biggest undoing is not taking the bull by the horns. We have several factors that stop us from starting that career, that business or taking that vacation.
The best way to get started is to start – set your first foot forward. It is nice to want to figure out everything from the beginning, every possible outcome of our choices from the start but that nearly almost never happens.
Get your feet off the ground, get started even when you do not have all the answers. There is no failsafe way to succeed but failure is guaranteed when you don’t get started. Be ambitious, give it a shot and not just a shot but your best shot!
To be a force to reckon with in your sphere of influence, you need to take your game a notch higher.
Please note that these habits are not exhaustive but a great way to set your foot in the right direction.
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