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    Daily Habits of the Most Successful Leaders 


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    Successful leaders don’t get where they are by accident but by being intentional about their daily actions. They know it’s their habits—that is, the choices they make every day—that will contribute to who they are and how successful they can become. If you want to emulate the most successful leaders, the best way is to adopt their habits and apply them consistently. Here are seven of the most important:

    Read daily. A successful leader knows the benefits of setting aside a time to read every day. They know it keeps them sharp, widens their perspective and increases their knowledge. It doesn’t even matter what you read—a journal in your field, a book on leadership theory, history, biography, even a well-crafted novel. The more you know and the better you can learn, the more capable you become at leading others.

    Challenge yourself mentally. It’s not enough to know you’re smart if you don’t make a daily practice of challenging yourself to know more, be more and learn more. The most successful people consistently challenge their own thinking and push themselves to do better. They learn from their mistakes and from the mistakes of others.

    Meditate regularly. Leaders need to be sharp and focused, able to juggle many things at once, and a clear mind gives you clear thinking. But it’s hard to achieve clarity when your mind is traveling a million miles a minute. That’s why almost every successful leader I know takes time to pause for a daily period of meditation, prayer, or quiet reflection. It’s a reset for your mind and body that leaves you feeling stronger and clearer. The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

    Identify your priorities. There will always be something else to be done and something else to accomplish, and if you try to do everything you’re likely to end up doing nothing. The most successful leaders identify what’s most important and do those tasks first before they get distracted. This approach keeps them moving toward their goals no matter what else is going on.

    Make health a priority. Great leaders share the habit of taking care of their health. They know a strong, fit body is the foundation for better thinking and reasoning, and they make a habit of being physical and exercising regularly, eating well and getting enough sleep. Keeping fit also provides a positive release from stress and helps build the stamina required for excellent leadership.

    Know your purpose. I have never met a successful leader who didn’t have a defined purpose for why they do what they do. When you know what you want to accomplish, you can be laser focused on how you can best get there. If you organize your leadership around your purpose, you turn your purpose into something that truly matters.

    Lead from within: Successful leadership is more an art than a science. Anyone can become a better, more effective, and more successful leader by faithfully following a few daily habits.

     


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  • feedwordpress 09:00:36 on 2019/01/22 Permalink
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    6 Easy Habits That Will Help You Become the Leader You Want to Be 


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    Leadership, like most things, comes to some people more easily than others. But here’s the good news: whatever your natural abilities, you can learn to be a leader if you take the time to practice a few fundamental skills. As you apply these skills over time, you grow in effectiveness as a leader.

    Start today to master these six easy habits that will help you become the leader you want to be:

    Exercise authenticity with self. Identify your ethical code, and never compromise on what you believe to be right and wrong. It isn’t always easy to live authentically. At times, being true to what you know is right means going against the crowd. As an authentic leader, you have to be willing to look at yourself honestly and take criticism well, using it to improve your performance.

    Practice effective communication. A great leader is a great communicator. Learn to effectively use a number of different communication strategies to pass along your vision and values, share inspiration, and give clear commands—all while being transparent with information and open to feedback.

    Apply emotionally intelligence. A skilled leader is able to master and manage emotions. They don’t get angry in stressful situations. Instead, they have the ability to look at a problem and calmly find a solution. Work to develop a high degree of emotional intelligence by knowing yourself well, understanding and overcoming your emotional triggers, and staying attentive to the emotional needs of those around you.

    Generate a positive outlook. It’s easy to be positive when things are going well, but a skilled leader is able to remain confident when things go wrong. Learn to embrace failures and inspire your team and those around you to consider every circumstance, good and bad, as an opportunity to learn. A positive outlook will encourage others and create an environment where people want to remain. Positive thinking and positive action go hand in hand.

    Admit mistakes even if you’re afraid of looking weak. A skilled leader readily admits mistakes. When you do, you show your human side and gain respect. When you’re candid and honest about your own mistakes, your employees feel safe admitting theirs, helping to create a humanized, accepting, open culture.

    Be a role model others want to emulate. As a leader, your actions set the tone and the standard for appropriate behavior in the workplace. Exhibit actions that you want your team to emulate. You can establish rules of conduct to help people understand expectations, but the best way to encourage the behavior you want to see is to correctly and precisely demonstrate it yourself.

    Lead from within: To be the leader you want to be, practice and master the skills that will improve your leadership.

     


     

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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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  • feedwordpress 09:00:27 on 2018/12/20 Permalink
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    It’s Never Too Late to Learn These 12 Powerful Leadership Habits 


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    Effective leadership is mostly made up of good habits. And some of the most important habits aren’t taught in school and can’t be picked up from reading or studying. They can be learned only through experience. But without them, making your mark in leadership will be a struggle. Here are 12 of the most powerful leadership habits

    1. Care. The best leaders, the ones who are remembered and admired, are the ones who care not only about their business but also about their people, and whose caring shines through in their words and actions. Care shouldn’t be a four-letter word in our workplace today.

    2. Conviction. Every great leader knows that strong convictions precede great actions. Leadership implies movement toward something, and its conviction that provides the direction.

    3. Clarity. If you want to lead, you have to know where you’re going. And if you want to lead with influence, you have to get everyone to focus and stay on course. The only way to get results is by becoming absolutely clear about where you’re going and why you’re going there. Clarity helps everyone say yes to the right things and no to the rest.

    4. Confidence. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will. People want to know who you are, what you know and where you plan on taking them. Your own confidence has a ripple effect on those you lead.

    5. Courage. The courage of leadership lies in giving others the chance to succeed even though you, as the leader, bear the responsibility for getting things done.

    6. Commitment. Great business leaders know the power of being responsible. If those who follow you know they can count on you, they will let you know in turn that you can count on them.

    7. Celebration. Great leaders are constantly finding ways to honor their people and celebrate their success. Extraordinary leaders understand the importance of marking progress and expressing appreciation for those who have worked long hours and long days.

    8. Collaboration. True leaders solicit input and feedback from those around them so that everyone feels they have something to contribute. If you run your organization in silos, you’re undermining your talent and doing harm to your business.

    9. Communication. True leaders know how important it is to communicate, and to communicate often. Used effectively, words have the power to motivate people and help them overcome barriers and exceed expectations.

    10. Candor. Leading with the truth and insisting on honest and forthright communication builds great relationships and partnerships—in business and in your personal life.

    11. Courtesy. Courtesy is simply following the Golden Rule by treating others as you would like to be treated.

    12. Credibility. People have to believe in you and have faith in your credibility. Guard it carefully—it takes years to build but only a moment to destroy.

    Lead from within: The best leaders are always working to learn new skills and habits to improve their leadership.


     

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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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  • feedwordpress 02:08:15 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    6 Habits That Will Turn Your Failures Into Successes 


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    Every one of us has made mistakes, and we all have weak spots. But if you want to be successful in what you do and in how you do it, the trick will lie in not repeating the same mistakes.

    In order to do that, it will mean taking a long view of your patterns and your thinking and not repeat the ones that don’t work. Here’s a successful system to make that happen:

    1. Identify your patterns.

    If you want to make a break from how you’ve done things in the past, seek out patterns, if you cannot identify them for yourself, ask others for input–it can be hard to seeing yourself clearly and objectively.

    2. Recognize your gaps.

    Everyone has at least one thing that stands in their way of their success. In my new bestselling book, The Leadership Gap, I identify seven gaps that most of us experience. Learning to identify and leverage them can help keep you from  repeating your mistakes.

    3. Revise your outcome.

    To get different results you have to revise your actions. Start by identifying your weakness, then design a solution and do what you can to get the results you want. Deal with one problem at a time and focus on small wins at first.

    4. Let your ego go.

    Many years ago, when I first started my coaching consultant company, I realized how many leaders make decisions and take action from their ego. It happened so often that I turned ego into an acronym for “edging out greatness.” Ego makes it difficult to see yourself or your choices objectively, but if you let your ego go, you can become not only more effective but even more influential.

    5. Practice radical honesty.

    To avoid repeating your mistakes, the blinders must come off about your blind spots and weaknesses. When you can be radically honest with yourself–and trust me, it takes practice–you will be able to deal with the consequences of your realities. It will not only improve your achievements–it will change your life.

    6. Know what’s important.

    Are you willing to admit that you don’t know something? Most leaders think they need to know everything. The best leaders don’t know much more than the rest of us, but they’re great at coming up with the right questions and having smart individuals tell them what they think. It isn’t nearly as important to have all the answers as it is to have the right questions.

    7. Bring people along.

    There are many ways to succeed. You can succeed on your own over a long time, or you can bring others along and get the help you need. Bringing people along and getting them involved will not only broaden your perspective but will expand your sphere of knowledge.

    At the end of the day, you cannot allow your mistakes to become a pattern and your blind spots to keep you from succeeding. Every mistake has a solution, and this process helps you find it.


     

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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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  • feedwordpress 21:43:49 on 2018/06/11 Permalink
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    10 Bad Habits That Are Actually Good for You 


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    We tend to group habits into two clear groups: good and bad.

    It sounds like common sense, but the line isn’t always so clear. Some habits that we think of as bad can actually be good for you in the right situation.

    Here are some habits you may want to reconsider:

    1. Procrastination. In a culture where we’re constantly running at full speed, multitasking and distracted, we don’t always realize how tired and stressed we are. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to put things off and remember that everything doesn’t always have to be so urgent.

    2. Boredom. Most people disapprove of boredom, sometimes because they believe it reflects a lack of inner resources. But being bored can be an important conduit for creative thinking. It can give you the space you need to turn old problems into innovative solutions or find new areas of thought and imagination.

    3. Saying no. We’ve been taught that saying no is a selfish act. But the alternative–saying yes to everything–can lead to overwork, scattered energy and resentment. Learning how to graciously say no to things that don’t matter will free up the time you need to focus on the things that are most important.

    4. Doing less. Today’s work culture tells us we should always be doing more, more, more. It leaves us feeling like we’re falling farther and farther behind no matter how hard we work. So take some stuff off your plate. Delegate. Keep projects in bounds when they threaten to grow out of control.

    5. Tuning out. Even if you’re saying no, procrastinating, and doing less, you can’t recharge your batteries if you’re still internally plugged into your to-do list. To truly revive yourself means disconnecting entirely. Play some music or paint or meditate or read a book or go for a hike in the woods. Getting lost in a different world for a while can be hugely energizing.

    6. Losing your temper. We’re taught that we should never lose our temper, that we should manage our emotions in every situation. But there are times when it’s OK, even necessary, to let go and vent. It’s much healthier to lose your temper here and there instead of holding everything in until you explode and do real damage–or keep it bottled and do psychic harm to yourself.

    7. Daydreaming. Many people think of daydreaming as a form of laziness, but allowing your mind to wander is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Daydreaming actually helps boost your problem-solving abilities. So while it may increase the time it takes to complete the task in front of you, it can help you be effective in understanding and solving bigger issues.

    8. Messiness. Some studies have found that a messy environment can be good for productivity, especially if your work requires creative thought. Neat rooms may be pleasant and calming, but untidiness lends itself well to solutions from off the beaten path.

    9. Fidgeting. You may have been told that an inability to sit still is a bad habit. But researchers have found that that wiggling in your seat, tapping your foot, jiggling your legs or even drumming your fingers can increase your metabolism and may play a positive role in overall fitness.

    10. Sleeping late. Many people think those who sleep are lazy and unmotivated. In actuality, many people are not getting enough sleep during the week and are trying to make up for it over the weekend. But insufficient sleep is associated with a wide range of health problems, from stroke risk to weight gain. So don’t begrudge your body what it needs. Don’t sleep all day, but don’t feel bad when you hit the snooze alarm a few extra times.

    Now, go enjoy some of the habits you used to feel bad about!

     


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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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