We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
What does it take to be excellent? To be an excellent leader, it's important to:
- Practice self-assessment: Know your own strengths and weaknesses. What are you good at? What do you enjoy most about your work? You can play to your strengths, but also learn how to accommodate the things you aren't as adept at by delegating to others.
- Get feedback: How do others see you? Observe how people behave when in meetings or in other situations. Ask them for an honest assessment of how you can improve as a leader.
- Be responsive to the needs of others: Acknowledge each individual on your team or in your organization, and understand the role they play in making you a better leader.
- Be your organization: Fully embrace and reflect the mission, vision and values of your organization. If you want to be a leader, you have to behave like a leader!
You might need to practice a bit, but you'll soon make it a habit and BE EXCELLENT!
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