Allegedly, when John Adams met George Washington for the first time just prior to the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, he turned to a colleague and told him that Washington “would be leading something someday.” We all know how that went.
Some people are natural born leaders. I truly believe this. Of course, there is another viewpoint that leadership has to be learned. I agree with that too. The difference between successful leaders and terrible ones can be drilled down to the specific choices they make.
Leaders make all kinds of choices. They make decisions every day, some more critical than others. The best leaders don’t spend much time making decisions about nonsense. They make choices related to strategy, direction, and focus. Do you really think that General Washington made choices about how to handle a disruptive soldier? Of course he didn’t. He had lower-ranking Officers to deal with that stuff. Washington’s job was to focus on creating strategies that would lead to the defeat of the British Army. He simply didn’t have time and could not spend any of his energy on things that didn’t relate to winning the war.
Here are 3 choices that successful leaders make:
They delegate. This isn’t about passing the buck. The best leaders make a decision to delegate tasks (including some decisions) that don’t relate to strategic focus. Even though they may delegate, they always have a pulse on what’s happening within their organization.
They say “no.” “No.” = a complete sentence. The most successful leaders go through a process when deciding on something. I discuss this process at great length in my upcoming book, What’s In It For Me? The Driving Force Behind Bold Leadership, Making Better Decisions, and Changing Lives. Keep reading for an opportunity to receive a free preview of the book.
They accept complete and total responsibility for the bad choices they make. Even if their choices wind up being the wrong ones, successful leaders shoulder the responsibility of having made the decision. They know how to Accept, Ascend and Advance. (I call these the 3 A’s in the book.) These leaders don’t spend a great deal of time dwelling about what might have been. They resolve to move forward using the lessons they have learned from their poor choices.
So….about that free book preview I mentioned above……
A recent Gallup study concluded that 70% of employees feel “disengaged” because they don’t know what their roles are in the overall Strategic Plan of their organizations.
So basically, 7 out of 10 employees have no idea what they’re supposed to be doing and don’t have a clue as to why!!
That should scare the heck out of you!
I’d like to have a discussion with you….that’s it – a discussion! There is absolutely no obligation to do business with me after our 15-20 minute chat.
In exchange for your commitment of just 15-20 minutes, I’ll send you a preview of my upcoming book, What’s In It For Me? The Driving Force Behind Bold Leadership, Making Better Decisions, and Changing Lives!
I’ll also send you a free copy of the finished book once it is published.
What do you have to lose??
Maybe you’re all set with a Planning facilitator this year.
I’ll also give you the preview of the book If you would be kind enough to have a similar discussion about my Leadership Thought System, ABSURD!
All you have to do now is click on one of the links below (one will take you to the Strategic Planning information page and the other will take you to the
ABSURD! information page.
Complete the form. I’ll be in touch within 24 hours to schedule your no-obligation 15-20 minute chat. After we have our chat, I’ll send you the book preview and will put you on the special author’s list so that you are one of the very first to receive the complete book once it is published.
All for having a short conversation…..
I look forward to our conversation!