Have fun, more of it. Choose to.

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One way of exercising leadership, is by leading YOU. Make sure you place yourself in the correct mindset in order to succeed. And if you’re not having fun in that journey, are you really owning it?

Lead… authentically

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In your personal life, authenticity is about being yourself regardless of social context. In business, it’s about walking the talk, being true to ethical principles and maintaining your personality and essence consistently. Traits of a true leader.

Trascend via leadership

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This holds true for any position of leadership, both in professional and personal settings. 

Leaders look to be challenged

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If you surround yourself with “yes-men”, you will never attain the unimaginable and you will never find out what you’re really made of.

A visionary leader looks to be challenged. “My way or the highway” is fine for emergency situations where decisions need to be implemented quickly but in the day to day operations and long-term vision, you’re missing out if you’re so insecure about your own standing that you won’t allow for (or promote) healthy debate. Valued professionals don’t want to follow… they want to co-create and co-achieve. Invite them to.

 

Obedience vs. alignment

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True leaders are able to promote and achieve enthusiastic alignment within their teams. Bad bosses rely on constant demanding of obedience due to their own shortcomings as motivators, communicators, influencers and leaders.

Never sell yourself short

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While I can sometimes understand UP&OD as a consumer product or financial market strategy, I’ve never understood people who use it as a professional mantra and their formula for personal development. People who sell themselves short, project that they are either insecure about their own abilities to get the job done exceptionally well, or dishonest, creating fake wow moments just because they set the bar low.

Never sell yourself short. Greatness isn’t relative, it is absolute.