Everybody wants to be successful. However, when an opportunity presents itself, we often lose our nerve. This is something that people like Indra Nooyi, of Pepsi & Co, and CEO Charles Phillips, of Infor, mistress and master of their operations respectively, have been able to overcome. So how have they been able to do that, to overcome those nerves?
1. They Are Organized
True leaders have their lives in order. They are organized in every aspect of their life, leading to it becoming more fluid. Because they are so organized, much of what they do is on autopilot, and they can pay attention to the things that really matter.
2. They Are Confident
You cannot be a leader if you don’t believe in yourself. You have to have confidence, although not be arrogant. You must trust in your own decisions, and you have to be willing to take chances.
3. They Have Trust
They inspire others, who trust them, but they trust themselves as well. Furthermore, they trust the people around them, many of whom they will have handpicked themselves. In fact, leaders trust the world, knowing that the earth will provide them with what they need.
4. They Are Curious
Good leaders and managers are always curious. This is how they find out of the box answers, and how they stay relevant. The world changes constantly and, without curiosity, you run the risk of becoming stagnant. Stagnation is the killer of any good leader.
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Achieving Your Objectives
With the four above qualities, leaders set themselves apart from the rest. But they do more in order to achieve their objectives:
- They are clear about what they want, and how to get it. They set measurable objectives, followed by actions, so that everybody knows what they are supposed to be doing.
- They take risks. This has to do with confidence and trust. If you feel something may be worth it, you have to trust your gut instincts and go for it.
- They are prepared to fail. Failure does not mean the end. Rather, it means that a lesson has been learned, and can be applied to future projects.
- They divide and delegate. True leaders don’t do everything themselves, they have faith in their chosen staff to complete certain tasks for them. They are never afraid to give some of their work to others to do, not just to free up valuable time, but also to give others the opportunity to develop themselves and grow.
- They are surrounded by excellent teams. No leader is an island, as they say. They know that they cannot be and stay where they are without a team of excellent people around them. This is true both at work and at home.
With the above four qualities and five objective-achieving tips, you should be able to unleash your inner leader and become all that you have the potential to be. Believe in yourself, and you will get there.