Most people believe excellence is an all-encompassing destination. Yet, I like to think of it as a journey. In order to be an effective leader one must be ruthlessly committed to achieving their peak performance one hundred percent of the time. In other words, they must continuously strive for excellence. Given that general circumstances in any given situation are continuously changing, the standard of “excellence” that effective leader’s must strive for cannot be defined. A leader must appear fearlessly passionate to their team, in order to motivate each and every individual to endlessly strive for their personal presentation of peak performance as well.
FACT: people are most inspired when they feel that they are working for an organization in which excellence is expected and they have a role model to look up to.
Peak performance is achieved when one chooses to love their life consistent with their highest values and deepest convictions. In order to do this one must first, have the ability to be impeccably honest with themselves. Not until one can reach a point of open personal honesty, can they develop into a truly effective leader that is capable of being entirely honest with their team.
WHY? Let me break it down…
Break Down The Steps, Lead Your Team
When a leader is honest with themselves, they build a stable foundation for their team that is consistent with the values and convictions they live by. This consistently allows team members to quickly build a sense of trust and respect for their leader. Team members can trust that their leader will handle all situations, no matter what, consistently. With this, team members are able to feel at ease, expecting no sudden surprises at their work place.
At this point, team members are also able to gain trust for their leader’s word. A leader’s consistency from one day to the next, and in handling situations, notifies team members that their leader’s word is reliable and that it will be consistent with their following actions. When team members strongly believe in the trust they have for their leader, a culture based off honesty, integrity, and reliability is easy to maintain.
After a leader has established a stable foundation of consistency and trust with their team members, they can focus their attention on a higher level of excellence: working with their team to achieve the organizations overall vision for a better future. Although it is essential for any kind of leader to create a clear vision for their organization prior to moving forward at all, it cannot be implemented effectively until they have gained the trust of their team members and developed a stable environment for them. At this point, a leader is able to communicate his or her vision to the others in an exciting and inspiring way. Yet, most importantly, in a way that will be trusted. Trusting a leader’s vision allows team members to fully embrace its larger purpose, and will inspire them to efficiently work together in making it a reality. An excellent leader possesses the ability to take the idea of leadership itself, and see it as a tool which serves to bring about a result that is even greater and more important than any single individual.
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