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3 Signs You Will Be A Great Leader One Day

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What do you think belongs among the top skills you may develop for your life?

Warren Buffet said: “The best skill you may develop for your life is to persuade and lead people.”

On the 15th January 2009, US airways flight 1549 lost power to both engines shortly after take-off from LaGuardia Airport after striking a large flock of Geese.

The captain, Chesley Sullenberger, realizing they would not make it back to an airport, landed the plane on the Hudson river and saved the lives of the 155 passengers and crew.

He remained calm at all times, despite describing it as ‘the worst sickening, pit-of-your-stomach, falling-through-the-floor feeling’ he had ever experienced, and was the last to leave the plane after ensuring no-one was left aboard.

This is the great example of true LEADERSHIP.

Today I will present you 3 sings that determine you will (or won´t) be a great leader someday.

To be a leader, you don´t have to own a company or be in charge. You can be an employee, and still be a leader. Other employees will take your advice, you will become someone valued by everybody value.

You may be in a sports team, and lead your teammates to better results.

Ability to lead and persuade others is extremely important ability, yet so rare.

Today, you´re about to learn 3 things that things, every leader has to master. So, let´s get to the business…

1. EXCUSES

Good leaders don´t make excuses, they own the problems. Excuses are the biggest killer of dreams and goals ever.

There are 2 reasons why excuses kill your dream, your reputation and your productivity:

  • The moment you start to look for reasons why this failure isn´t your fault, the moment you start to getting rid of your responsibility – you immediately stop fixing the problem.
    You simply stop care about solutions and aim your focus on a problem. This takes you the most important resource you need when you are dealing with any problem – TIME.
  • Let´s say, even when you blame someone else, you somehow, fixed the problem. But this isn´t over. By not admitting your fault, you didn´t give yourself a chance to learn from this mistake. This means, you didn´t pay attention to what you did wrong, you paid attention to find the culprit.

What´s The Price For This Attitude?

Next time you will need to fix this problem (and believe me there will be the next time), you will not be prepared.

Why should you? It was all fault of your colleague, your wife, husband, your employee, or even a stranger who passed around you this morning. It was a mistake of anyone else, except you…

Check this article, that says, why it´s crucial to plan ahead and how to do it right.

Just answer this question for yourself: Which kind of person do you admire more?

  • The one who admits the fault even when it´s not always his/her mistake?
  • Or the one who never admit the fault and always try to find a reason, why someone else screws this up?

So, next time you will deal with a problem, try to maintain ask yourself these questions:

What should I do to prevent it?…What did I wrong?

And only when your HONEST answer will be „nothing“, then you can claim this isn´t your fault.

The great example of this, is Military leaders.

What do you think military leader think about when they are in combat?

Do you think they want to find who did a mistake, or they try to find a way out from the battlefield? If military leaders think like the majority of people, they would die the second, something goes wrong.

“Combat is the ultimate teacher.” – Leif Babin (co-author of #1 Bestseller –  Extreme ownership).

Keep in mind, when these principles work in combat, they will definitely work in your everyday life.

So…

2. EGO

The second biggest enemy of not just leaders but all people who want to become successful is their EGO.

I bet you, as well as me, know a person, who is „always right“.

You can tell this person literally anything, but nothing will be the truth until it isn´t also his/her opinion.

How long would you think, this kind of leader would sustain in his/her current position?

Yeah, not for very long…

Leif Babin, former Navy Seal leader, who now works with business owners said: More than 90% of businesses fail, because of their leader’s ego.

If you want to be a leader, you need to start listening. You need to stop being egoistic, that you will jeopardize your business, job or friendships.

A simple exercise to do is to just ask yourself:

Would I want to be working for a person like me? Would I admire and follow this kind of boss?

If your answer is NOT – you need to change something. And most probably it will be to start listening, cooperating and forget your ego.

Believe me, until this day, there is no 1 single person born, who would be always right. Sorry for this, but – NOT EVEN YOU!

Discover here 8 biggest possible ego traps that hold you back in your life…

3. DECISIVENESS

Even when you are not making an excuse and you own a problem…

Even when you let your ego in your closet…

As a leader, prepare that you will be the one, who always makes the final decision.

That´s why decisiveness is one of the crucial abilities of a great leader.

In this point, you´ll need to do a little research and find a balance.

Let me explain…

  •  Let´s say you are a leader of a social group, of your company or just a circle of friends.

What kind of decisions does everyone expect from you?

Everyone wants a leader, who is able to decide right and FAST.

I am sure, you already were in a restaurant with someone, who was deciding what to eat for a literally whole eternity…

I don´t know, how you feel about it, but I hated this indecisiveness. It made me furious that someone can spend 15 minutes for so trivial decision.

Let´s make military leaders as an example once again…

What do you think, how much time they have for making a decision on a battlefield? Hours? Minutes? The truth is, often it´s just a seconds.

What kind of people wants a leader who is always wrong?

NO ONE. 

So always, try to get as much information as you can, before you decide.

As a good leader, you need to be able to make a QUICK but also RIGHT decision.

BUT, keep in mind that

Making a quick decision without necessary information isn´t leadership, it´s stupidity.

To eliminate one part of this equation, here´s a technique that helps you always make the right decision.

To summarize decisiveness.

People expect from leaders decisions that are quick and right!

REMEMBER: Successful people make fast decisions and change them slowly (if only there is something to change).

Conclusion:

If you want to be respected by your friends, colleagues or your employees.

If you want people to follow you or simply listen to your opinion, keep in mind to:

  • Don´t make an excuse but always try to own a problem.
  • Let your ego aside, listen and cooperate.
  • Make quick and reasonable decisions (with enough information).

To become a great leader check out the Extreme Ownership and learn from the best combat leaders in the world.

Which one of these 3 abilities do you need to work most? Let us know below so we can help each other out.


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My name is Patrik. I live in Slovakia and I am owner of dayprov.com. Dayprov is about Everyday improvements in our lives. You will find here tips about success, motivation, personal development and anything you want. Your recommendations for new interesting blog posts you would like to read about send to patrik@dayprov.com.
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