The 3 Secrets of Successful Leaders

Published on November 4, 2010 by Anne Raymond

Let's face it, we all have more on our plates than we can possibly ever complete!  It takes a bit of an adjustment to know that you'll never have everything done and that there will always be a few things left on your plate.  Take a big breathe and a sigh of relief knowing that you're not alone on this front!

But, that's not to say that you can't do things differently and be successful even without getting to everything.  It's really about focusing on the RIGHT things and not EVERYTHING anyway.

Here are 3 ways that successful leaders get more done in less time with bigger impact:

1) Think Strategically!
Successful people have a big vision and are clear about where they are going.  They have the mindset and make the time for thinking big.  And they have the confidence to put their plan into BIG BOLD ACTION which propels them rapidly forward.

Instead of thinking where you are and looking for "incremental improvements", start by upleveling your thinking on a much grander scale. Give yourself the freedom of thinking big and being creative without working out the "how".  Then when you have a clear picture of where you want to go, then you can start to plan the "how" and you'll see how easy you come up with solutions to get it done!

2)Make Decisions Quickly!
It seems so simple but it's so true.  Successful people make decisions quickly and move on.
What some people don't take into consideration is that by making no decision, you are in fact making a decision to do "nothing".  This can waste incredible resources of time, energy, and money!  By making a decision, you take action and learn.  You may need to course-correct but you'll gain momemtum in a positive direction.   As one of my old colleagues used to say: "If there is a fork in the road, just take one"!

3) Act with Speed - Implement Quickly!
The most successful people, make bold plans, take bold action, and get things done quickly.  We are always learning and if you act with speed and take your "perfectionitis" hat off, you can get things done quickly and out the door.  Think of all the opportunity cost, wasted resources, and time-to-impact the bigger vision of moving too slowly.

So get out there and think bigger, make decisions quickly, and take bold action to implement with SPEED!
Now is the time......what are you waiting for?
Get out there and change your world!

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