There is no place in effective leadership for resting on one's laurels, and being satisfied with past accomplishments or actions. True leaders understand that they are judged every day by what they are doing and in the process of doing, and not what they've already done. It is the paramount example of the what have you done for me lately scenario! Jim Rohn stated this precisely when he wrote, "You can have more than you've got because you can become more than you are." True leaders have an ongoing to- do list, with each accomplishment used as a stepping stone towards further greatness and achievement. Those individuals in leadership positions that become too satisfied with what has already been done generally doom the rest of their tenure to mediocrity or worse.
1. Great leaders have ongoing action plans, with contingencies and tweaks pre- set up along the way. They recognize that leadership greatness must always be an evolutionary- type procedure, where every step is but a baby step, and a transitional phase along the way. When someone in leadership rests on his laurels, he often misses valuable opportunities that arise daily, and when organizations are not constantly tweaking and evolving, they are generally taking a negative step backwards. In my over three decades of training and working with over a thousand leaders, I always stress the need for daily achievement. True leaders understand this, and commit to some concrete steps taken daily to become a better leader, as well as to make their organization better and more relevant.
2. One of the essential reasons that strategic planning is so essential for organizations is that it creates a road map towards constant improvement and reevaluation. As someone who professionally assists organizations in developing their strategic plans, as well as creating procedures to make strategic planning a permanent and ongoing part of the organization, it concerns me that while so many in leadership speak of strategy and strategic plans, so few truly commit to it on a daily basis. Without daily reassessment, one does not fully know if the strategy is working as planned, and continuous tweaking and reevaluation must be a part of a true strategic plan.
A true leader understands that he cannot just speak of improvement as a rhetorical matter, but must commit to it. True improvement occurs step- by- step, and requires daily review. I have observed far too many organization's where their leadership does periodical reviews, but all too often, by the time they do this needed review, they have lost numerous opportunities to become better. Simply holding a leadership position does not make one a leader. However, a daily commitment to improvement goes a long way towards leadership greatness and optimum effectiveness!
Richard Brody, with over 30 years consultative sales, marketing, training, managerial, and operations experience, has trained sales and marketing people in numerous industries, given hundreds of seminars, appeared as a company spokesperson on over 200 radio and television programs, and regularly blogs on real estate, politics, economics, management, leadership, negotiations, conferences and conventions, etc. He has negotiated, arranged and/or organized hundreds of conferences and conventions. He's a Senior Consultant with RGB Consultation Services, an Ecobroker, a Licensed Buyers Agent (LBA) and Licensed Salesperson in NYS, in real estate.
Richard has owned businesses, been a Chief Operating Officer, a Chief Executive Officer, and a Director of Development, as well as a consultant. He has a Consulting Website ( http://tinyurl.com/rgbcons ), and his company PLAN2LEAD, LLC's site ( http://www.plan2lead.net/ ), and can be followed on Twitter