“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle
During the almost 3 years that I’ve been privileged to be a part of the Lead Star team, I’ve read, researched, reviewed, and shared many thoughts and ideas surrounding the concept of leadership, both written by the Lead Star team and by other thought leaders. I’d like to share with you what I see as 5 habits displayed by great leaders.
1. Narrow your Say-Do Gap: If you say you’ll do something, then do it. Never put yourself in a position where you over-commit and under-deliver. People will remember you based on the promises you keep, not the promises you make.
2. Be Decisive: There is no such thing as a perfect decision. Decisive, action-oriented individuals are the leaders who have the best opportunity to influence outcomes and inspire others.
3. Serve Your Team Members: Service-based leadership is a mindset: you work for your people. It is not complex; often it’s the small acts of service that have the greatest impact on morale and camaraderie.
4. Consistently Demonstrate Accountability: Leaders inspire accountability by accepting responsibility and not placing blame. They look internally first to understand their role in a problem or situation.
5. Always Lead As You Are: Being a leader doesn’t require you to overhaul your personality or change your personal style. In fact, the things that make you special and unique will make you a better leader. Sharing your authentic personality with others is the foundation to earning their respect and trust.
I’d love to hear from you. What other habits do you think make great leaders? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.