Each of us, at one time or another, have made an excuse about a deadline we missed; work not done; or some other task that fell short of what we promised we would do. Some of us are so good at making excuses that it happens almost automatically or unconsciously as we attempt to avoid any responsibility for why something did not go well. This article explains how constantly making excuses will put your courage, confidence, self respect and reputation at risk.
You are your business and your business is you. But, the real question is - Is that a good thing? Trust me; you need to know the answer to this question - now. Let's look at some indicators that will help you answer the question. If you answer 'yes' to at least two of these questions, then you can describe your professional life (and maybe even your personal life) in the following way - 'the bad news is you're lost but the worse news is you're making great time'.
If you're like me, you recognize that becoming an effective leader demands hard work and commitment. It requires more than just reading but actual "doing" and learning from your experiences. Sometimes when we are in the "doing" mode we forget some of what we have read and then realize after the dust settles that there was a different or additional technique that you should have tried. At times like this, I wish that I had a "pocket reminder" so that when it gets confusing I would have a simple guide to help me.
From my own business experiences, I have learned that one of the most important tools a leader has at their disposal is trust. Without it, you're not leading; you're just going for a walk in the park. Think about it, if your team doesn't trust you, why would they follow you or even listen to you? As a professional keynote speaker, I often explain that without their trust, a team will not respond to even the simplest request from their leader, let alone the hard ones. The fate of a business can be tied to the level of trust a team has in its leader.
Over the course of my corporate career, as well as my career as a leadership keynote speaker, I have had the opportunity to observe, work for and learn from some great business leaders. From my experiences with the "best leaders" I have known, I have compiled what I believe is a list of some of the most important leadership characteristics that make for an effective leader.