This lesson seemed to me redundant. I've read books and articles about how to be a good leader and about famous leaders. What did 'Thinking into Results' have to teach me about being a Leader?
The fact that I asked the question, and that I thought I knew everything about being a Leader meant that I didn't know the first thing about being a Leader or Leadership.
"Attitude reflect Leadership" from the movie 'Remember the Titans' (2000)
As each lesson builds on one another I realized why attitude is so important. Following along the lines that our thoughts, result in feelings, and are shown through our actions. Andy Kostow the CEO and Founder of Dream Life Thinking made me realize that my thoughts were all wrong. Change my thoughts and my behavior will followed
Everything I believed about leadership from what I read or experienced from watching other leaders made me believe that a Leader is an example and execution. (Leadership: Execute & Exemplify). Being an example and executing rely on behavior. How do I change my thoughts to be a better leader? or rather how to I continue to change my thoughts to be a better person?
When people ask themselves "How can I be a Leader? or How can I be a better Leader?" I learned that it is not about time management but emotional management. It's not about emotional intelligence, it's about the basics. It's about knowing yourself and having a good self image (The Self Image of a Sophisticate).
The key to Leadership is found in our self image.
When I looked at myself and who I wanted to become I knew what I needed to improve on as a person.
“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” Nelson Mandela 'Long Walk to Freedom'
What were the key attributes I need to improve on as a human being? Execution, compassion, and the sustainment of a positive attitude in the face of fear, uncertainty, and failure. Those are just a few of the traits I need to work on improving for myself to be a better person and thereby, a better leader.
Those intrinsic traits will change and evolve. Leadership is a life long journey.
Whenever I get stuck on improving myself there will be two questions I will ask:
- "What do I believe in?"
- "Who am I?"
The journey of being a Leader never ends because the journey we take as a human being never ends. In the end, if you want to the key to being a good Leader is being a good person. ;D