Life feels empty when you feel you could be more.
Leadership’s greatest opportunity is maximizing potential.
7 ways to be less than you could be:
- Think, “They need to change.”
- Ignore feedback because, “They don’t understand.”
- Justify weaknesses by saying, “That’s just the way I am.”
- Over-value your good qualities. Under-value hard work.
- Need the approval of others.
- Stay busy doing busywork.
- Wait for opportunity to come to you.
Drifters always land on the rocks.
10 ways to seize leadership’s greatest opportunity:
You’re greatest responsibility is to give your best self in service to others. Indulgence ends in emptiness.
- Release yourself for more by delegating easy tasks. Fools cling to familiarity and ease. What’s easy for you is challenging to others. Help others do what you do well. One way to develop yourself is to develop others.
- Explore the irritating behaviors of others. Irritations are often mirrors. How are you like the people you don’t like? Loud voices irritate me.
- Spend more time reflecting on your performance and less on others. When your performance improves, the people around you improve.
- Challenge yourself. You stop growing when you stop taking on new challenges.
- Evaluate your performance mercilessly. Nitpick little things. Chances are the little things are bigger than you believe.
- Make a difference right now. This whole “change the world thing,” often becomes an excuse to neglect small opportunities.
- Record daily insights and observations. Keep a notebook handy and write things down. When you hear something curious or surprising, explore it.
- Swim against the current. Doing what everyone else does obscures your potential.
- Think better not perfect. How might you be a better listener today, for example?
- Pursue relationships with people who are better than you.
What might you do to maximize your potential today?
Why do leaders fall below their potential?