The Big Five of Remarkable Leadership

The good news is – with focus, passion, and commitment – you can move toward remarkable leadership.

stagnation prevails until decisions are made

The big five of remarkable leadership:

#1. Have enough ego to believe you earned your place at the table.  

  1. Base personal confidence on hard work, not charisma.
  2. Bring your best self to challenges, even when you feel self-doubt.
  3. A little overconfidence is better than under-confidence, as long as you stay open.
  4. Strive boldly for personal excellence.
  5. Make space for other remarkable leaders.

#2. Focus your energy and talent on delivering meaningful organizational results that yield personal fulfillment.

  1. Personal fulfillment fuels sustained motivation. You won’t last long, if you hate what you’re doing.
  2. An opportunity outside your strengths isn’t an opportunity for you.
  3. Determine your greatest contributions based on opportunity, passion, and personal strengths.

#3. Set long-term direction and remain flexible in the short-term.

  1. Determine what you want to accomplish and why.
  2. Stay vigilant to the self-defeating capacity to forget the big picture while hacking in the weeds.
  3. Set short-term goals and deadlines.

#4. Seek input, but whatever you do, make decisions.

  1. The decision-making process interrupts progress, but stagnation prevails until decisions are made.
  2. The more fearful you are, the more necessary the decision. That doesn’t mean rush to judgement. It means, after investigation and input, make the best call and move forward.
  3. Don’t make too many decisions. Just make the ones that matter most.
  4. Determine next steps. Avoid the illusion that making a decision and getting something done are the same thing. Decisions enable, but don’t guarantee action.
  5. Ask, “Who does what by when?”

#5. Spend more time moving forward than solving problems.

  1. Problem-centric leaders are anchored to the past.
  2. Remarkable leaders seize opportunities that create the future.
  3. The future is about gaining and retaining customers.
  4. Set a goal and seize the best opportunity.

Which leadership skills are most essential to remarkable leadership?

What might you add to the list of essentials for remarkable leadership?

* Many of the ideas in this post are more fully developed in The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker

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