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5 secrets to make anyone a successful leader.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Livingstone Sagonda
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Apply these principles on your way to a successful leadership career. 


Delivering winning strategies requires leaders to create and define them, guide and shape their implementation, and win the hearts and minds of their people to execute them with passion and commitment. Leadership is often practised not so much in words but in attitudes and actions. Success is not a place but a way of thinking, feeling and subsequently acting. A successful leader has a pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that delivers a desired outcome. For the successful leader, nothing ‘just happens’. They follow the five secrets of success. Mastering these five secrets will accelerate your focus, your confidence and your selfbelief, empowering and enabling you with the knowledge, skills and framework to create your own individual formula for success. #1 Define what success means to you Success is such an emotive word, which we each define differently. Success for one person could be at opposite ends of the scale for the next. However, if you examine the words and actions of some of the most successful people today and throughout history, those individuals who have truly made a dent on the world and created a lasting legacy, you’ll find they each have something in common: • A clear set of motivational drivers; • A reason for being; • A clear answer to the question, ‘Why?’; and • A purposeful intent that drives what they do and how they do it. Consider the following … what does success mean to you professionally? What does success mean to you personally? Think about these questions and begin to raise your conscious awareness of your own motivational drivers, which in turn will help unlock your ‘Why?’ and ultimately your definition of success. When you are really clear about what success means to you, both personally and professionally, you can pin point your goals, fully aware of the tensions and trade-offs you’re making. 


# 2: Create your success formula Defining what success means to you is only the first piece of the jigsaw. Now comes the real work – turning your definition of success into reality. And to do that you need to create success formulas. The great news is that we all have areas of our lives where we already apply success formulas. Perhaps you don’t describe or think about them as formulas; you may call them plans, routines, systems, rituals, regimens or just ‘the way you do it’. But if you’re repeating something regularly in the same way because you know it gets you the result you want, that’s a success formula. To help you in the creation and application of your own success formulas, firstly define ‘success’ or the goal that you want to achieve; then create a strategy, a success formula, a game plan for how you’re going to turn your defined success or goal into reality. Next step is about taking massive action, aligned to your strategy. Finally review it on a regular basis. This is the step that ultimately plagues most people, and the principal reason why a success formula will fail. 


#3 Model success to fast-track your timeline You don’t need to be an expert in everything. You can fast- track your success by learning from the experts. We all know successful people who have achieved great things, but you may be surprised to discover how willing they often are to share their success, if only they were asked to do so. Bill Gates once said that he is amazed by how many people ask him for a million dollars and dismayed by how few people ask him for advice on how to make a million of their own. 


# 4: Develop your success disciplines Warren Buffett, considered one of the most successful investors in the world, was speaking with Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, at Harvard Business School. They were addressing students of the final graduating year, who were just about to start their careers. During the Q and A session at the end, a student asked: ‘Mr Buffett, if there was one final thought you could share with us as we head into the world of work and start our careers, what would it be?’ This was a great question and Buffett’s response was, ‘Get your habits right while you’re young, because once embedded they will serve you in creating a compelling future.’ This was an insightful response, particularly the words, ‘because once embedded’. This is what makes the difference for successful leaders; consistency of action – consistency over time that in turn leads to habit.


#5: Hone your success habits There is a saying, ‘There are no crowds lining the extra mile’. Masters of their craft, whatever their specialist field of endeavour, are part of a select group of leaders who really live by this saying. Why? Because the extra mile is where they spend most of their time. They don’t subscribe to the tribe of life, the herd mentality. For them, a life of mediocrity is not an option. Instead, they invest their time every day in being the best of the best, raising their personal standards and chasing perfection. Even though perfection isn’t truly attainable, they know that by going the extra mile they may just catch excellence on the journey. 


Royston Guest is a UK-based leading authority on growing businesses and unlocking people potential. 



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