Success requires constant adjustments. Leadership shares this similarity with space travel. No day is perfect, but every day can be a success. What's the key? Knowing the areas to focus on and adjust when necessary. Keep the areas below on your radar, make course corrections at time and eventually you will successfully land where you're aiming.
“Focus on your strengths.” I’ve heard it. So have you. I don’t believe it. At least I PARTIALLY don’t believe it. Do you know why? I have never had a failed leader tell me: “What took me down was my strengths.” I’ve never had a leader of a failed organization tell me “What took us down was our strengths.”
Culture is the invisible, often intangible makeup of our beliefs and behaviors. Culture is ultimately what makes everything tick. Culture is what makes us magnetic and attractive as an organization. So how do we build the culture we want to build?
What does it mean to be secure in our own skin? It means we are comfortable with who we are. It means we are comfortable with the talents and skills we have and the ones we don’t. It means we are freed up to run the race marked uniquely for us. How do we know if we are secure in our own skin?
Leadership and vision go hand in hand. Therefore, leadership must begin with a clear vision: whether it be for our personal life, our family or organization. If people around us don't know where we're going and where we're trying to take them, they will have a hard time making the journey.
If you don’t want to have any critics or criticism, step out of leadership, because it comes with the territory. When you sign up to be a leader, you signed up to be in the public eye. Your life, your decisions, Your personality, and even your family stands in the crosshairs of people’s examination and opinions. If we’re not careful, we can allow these examinations, opinions, and often judgements to negatively affect our leadership. Below I have listed some ways to deal with the praise, the critics, critiques, and attacks in our lives.
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