In more than 35 years as a leader, I’ve read or otherwise come across a number of sources for learning about the art of Leadership. I can’t list the number of books I’ve read and the amount of writing I’ve done on the subject.
In his article, 10 Leadership Traits That Require Zero Talent and Produce Infinite Results, he describes 10 “habits” that are dead on when it comes to leadership.
Here they are …
- Being on Time – If you cannot be early at least be on time. Tardiness is a sign of disrespect to those counting on you. Chronic lateness is the fruit of lack of discipline or little margin. Both serve leaders poorly. Promptness is an irreducible minimum in leadership.
- Work Ethic – When the work gets hard, work hard. While we need personal time in order not to burn out, the best leaders have to fight to make that happen. Mark Cuban says, “Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.”
- Effort – “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” Stephen King. While I will never be the most talented person in a room, I will always out-effort all of the talent. Those whose efforts push harder will be promoted higher.
- Body Language – Make an impact with how you carry yourself. Hold your shoulders back, look people in the eye, don’t sigh when working, and stand still instead of shifting weight. These communicate confidence. Two ways to stand out in our culture using your body language is to smile and keep your face out of your phone.
- Energy – “Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity.” Bo Bennett. Leaders cannot delegate energy, it is theirs to supply. It manifests outwardly to get a new project off the ground. It embraces the grind in order to move the machine along.
- Attitude – Chose an attitude of joy over skepticism. When others are nonchalant, have an attitude that simply cares more than the competition. Lead yourself to determine your attitude instead of allowing circumstances to determine it for you.
- Passion – Passion is the fuel for success. Don’t underestimate the power of being fired up for your cause. And don’t mistake passion for volume. Mature passion is always relentless but rarely loud.
- Being Coachable – Teachability is the hallmark of next level leaders. Learn to ask questions and listen. Know what you do not know and stay humble enough to allow others to guide you.
- Doing Extra – Chic-fil-A is known for “Second Mile Service.” Refuse to do just enough. Over-delivering is remembered long after the delivery is over. Remarkable people give you more than you pay for, ask for or expect.
- Being Prepared – Sweat in preparation so you don’t bleed in battle. Flying by the seat of your pants is good for those who want to get by on talent. Unseen preparation results in unforgettable performances.
Good stuff! Kevin has much more to say on the topic. Read the original article HERE.