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Leadership Success: Being A More Courageous Leader

Being in a leadership role is highly challenging. There are huge expectations of you from various stakeholders, both internally and externally. Against this backdrop it might be tempting to try and play it safe all the time. On the other hand, you know that you are ultimately judged on the results you deliver.

So how can you become a more courageous leader and achieve the results expected of you?

Tip 1: Realise It Is Not About You

Yes, while you are in a latierrademisamores leadership role you are a huge part of the success that is achieved. At the same time, everyone can be replaced by someone else and what you contributed is easily forgotten. Focus on the organisational agenda and the results that are expected of you rather than on personal survival.

Tip 2: Learn To Keep Things In Perspective

Yes, what you do is vitally important and has an impact on others. At the same time, the decisions you make the majority of the time are not life or death. Being able to put your decisions into perspective can make a big difference. A simple technique is to ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?”

Tip 3: Accept That You Will Make Mistakes

It is sometimes hard to accept that we will sometimes get it wrong. Yet we all know this is just reality. As long as you have done your best and had good intentions, then it is a learning process. We all know that in reality leadership is a life-long learning process.

Tip 4: Have A Bias For Action

Planning has its place and is important. At the same time, it is easy to fall into the trap of using planning as a delaying technique or to procrastinate. We all do it from time to time. By the same token, we know that when we take action we get feedback about what worked fully, what needs adjusting and what did not work. We can then use this feedback to get even better results in the future.

Tip 5: Don’t Forget Past Successes

We all have had them and, if you are a leader or aspiring leader, you have probably had many of them. Re-connect with these past successes and remind yourself what it was that created the successes. Once you have done this you can use those insights to once again get great results.

The Bottom Line: Leading is challenging and you are asked to take bold decisions and actions at times. Having the courage to take this action can greatly improve your success as a leader.

To become an even better leader I invite you to sign up for my free audio e-course Leadership Success at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk/leaders-main.html

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements works with accountants, health professionals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. With 25 years business experience in a range of sectors, he understands first hand the real challenges of managing and leading in the demanding business world.

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