Here at Lead Star we are extremely fortunate to have an outstanding executive director. She runs our firm brilliantly. Whether it’s project management, client service or data analysis, everything Liz does is done well. All the time. And, everybody loves her! Trust me, she’s so talented, we actually get quite giddy when she makes the very occasional mistake- it’s a reminder that she’s human.
I was talking to her the other day about how she does it. How is she able to be such a consistently strong performer? Her humility was strong as she initially deflected the question. But, I pushed for a response. Finally she said this, “If you can’t do things properly, then your whole life is not set up well.” Wow. That really spoke to me.
As leaders we have to be accountable for quality. Setting up our lives well, being able to say no to the projects, people and events that do not reflect the highest best use of our time, making time for proper rest and reflection, actually paves the way for exceptionally high quality on the matters that matter most.
The next time you notice that your performance is slipping, pull the lens way back. How is your life set up? Have you made the often tough choices necessary to ensure that you are able to do things well? After all, doing well earns you much more credibility than doing it all.