Five Powerful “C’s” For Leadership Success

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5 powerful “C’s” for leadership success:

  1. Cultivation: Grow as you go, not before. Find new capacity by embracing inadequacy. Sufficiency is the enemy of growth.
  2. Curiosity: The second solution is often better than the first. But, you can’t find the second solution when you’re defending the first. Stay open minded after you find an answer.
  3. Compassion: Show compassion while getting things done.
  4. Courage. Older leaders often say, “If I had it to do again, I’d take more risks.” The fear of failure motivates. Running from discomfort is the end of achievement.
  5. Celebration: Celebrate the contribution of others. You aren’t always the smartest person in the room, regardless of how smart you think you are.

Attitude determines altitude.

4 skills necessary for success:

Success rises on the wings of skill.

  1. Technical skill. Become a go-to person in at least one area.
  2. People skill.
    • Make people feel good about themselves.
    • Get along with people you don’t like.
    • Be helpful.
    • Express gratitude.
  3. Organizational skill.
    • Know how to fit into organizational culture.
    • Connect with power-people. Help them succeed. Ask them to help you.
    • Engage in rewardable behaviors. Who is rewarded in your organization? Why? How can you engage in similar behaviors?
  4. Leadership skill.
    • Avoid competition with direct reports. Encourage people to out-do you. The more stars on your team, the brighter you shine.
    • Solve problems. Don’t simply complain, find solutions. Tackle challenges others avoid.
    • Depend on others. Self-sufficient leaders never reach as high as those who accept help. Depending on others is wisdom, not weakness.
    • Recruit diverse teams. Avoid the temptation to surround yourself with people who are like you. Diversity is strength.
    • Embrace the power of small. A small step forward today is almost always better than waiting for a giant step tomorrow.

What key factors for leadership success can you add?