5 Principles that Expand and Sustain Your Leadership

Success includes good fortune. But HBR author Amy Jen Su believes long-term success goes beyond luck and includes five practical principles.

  1. Purpose.
  2. Process.
  3. People.
  4. Presence.
  5. Peace.

She explained her ideas in our recent interview.

Five Ps for bringing out your best self:

#1. Purpose. Success requires an inner compass.

  1. What is your sense of contribution?
  2. What inspires you?

Find purpose by exploring contribution and passion. Ask, “What are you excited to contribute to this project?”

Notice energy:

  1. Feel your enthusiasms.
  2. Practice physical awareness. Is this energy-giving or energy-draining?
  3. Notice what’s happening when you’re at your best.

#2. Process. Success requires rituals.

Long-term success requires self-care.

Understanding your relationship to process. Don’t let process be a cage. What works for you? Try morning rituals.

  1. Read something.
  2. Think about who you want to be.
  3. Centering self.
  4. Practice self-observation by journaling. Don’t judge yourself when you journal, simply observe yourself.

#3. People. Success requires people.

“We raise our own game by raising the game of others.” Sometimes we are players. Other times we coach.

People questions:

  1. Do you have the right people?
  2. Do you see them as individuals?
  3. How do you maximize people’s strengths?
  4. How do you need to let go?

People make their mark around the things they are great at.

#4. Presence. Success requires awareness.

  1. Watch your knee jerk reactions. How do you show up to others even in discomfort?
  2. Monitor the impact of your presence on others.
  3. Choose your voice.

#5. Peace. Success requires acceptance, gratitude, and trust.

You can’t bring your best and constantly beat yourself down at the same time.

  1. How might you loosen your grip, taste life, and enjoy the journey?
  2. Soften the voice of your inner-critic.
  3. Practice gratitude.

Which of Amy’s suggestions are most relevant to you today?

Purchase Amy’s book: The Leader You Want to Be

Amy on the truth about authenticity – don’t just play dead. (YouTube – 1:05)

Amy on taking the next step. (YouTube – 2:23)