Here is the opening line from a Forbes article that I read recently. "Leadership is learned behavior that becomes unconscious and automatic over time." In the last 23 years I have gone through many changes in my personal and professional life and in hindsight this statement appears to be right on. There are challenges I can face today that five or ten years ago would have been overwhelming and I expect that today's overwhelming problems will seem small in the future.
If it's true that leadership is learned and we can improve, I would like to share some things that leaders do and by extension we should be doing. The ideas come from a Forbes article entitled The Most Successful Leaders Do 15 Things Automatically, Every Day.
I will only cover three of the points so click on the link above and read the entire article.
Make decisions. "They focus on “making things happen” at all times – decision making activities that sustain progress. "
Lead by example. "Successful leaders practice what they preach and are mindful of their actions. They know everyone is watching them and therefore are incredibly intuitive about detecting those who are observing their every move, waiting to detect a performance shortfall."
Problem solve; avoid procrastination. "
Successful leaders tackle issues head-on and know how to discover the heart of the matter at hand. They don’t procrastinate and thus become incredibly proficient at problem solving; they learn from and don’t avoid uncomfortable circumstances (they welcome them).
Getting ahead in life is about doing the things that most people don’t like doing."