Leadership is about getting results. The one thing all good leaders have in common is that they deliver positive, sustainable results. Your attitudes, habits and behaviors are what drive results. Here are 2 habits you can develop that will help you become a better leader and deliver better results.
Big picture thinking
Good leaders are vision oriented and habitually think about the big picture. The big picture includes what’s needed for the short-term and the long-term, including finances, structure, systems, people (clients and customers, and also staff). How many critical decisions have you made in the past 6 months and what contributes to your decision making process? Good leaders make important decisions after carefully weighing and considering the big picture. Having a vision alone is not enough. To achieve your vision, you need to routinely refer back to it.
Good leaders seem to have a knack for doing the right things at the right times, more often than not. They get good results. But to get good results, you need to be self-disciplined; you need willpower. This is easier said than done. Sometimes we demonstrate our willpower, but other times we lose a little self-discipline. Sound familiar?
Willpower is like a muscle and like a muscle, the more you use it the stronger and more developed it becomes. The good news, the willpower and discipline you exercise in one area of your life will strengthen your willpower in general. In other words, if you decide to start exercising, set a schedule and stick to it. That self-discipline can and should translate to other areas of your life and your business.
What you can do
In order to become a big picture thinker, you need to build this thought process into a habit. Start each week by thinking about your vision. Reflect about what you want to achieve in your business and in your personal life. This practice will eventually become automatic. Also, pick one area of your life you want to improve and where you could benefit from greater self-discipline. Maybe it’s eating, exercising, or even how you spend money. Only focus on one topic, but make sure it is something that is important to you. Make it a goal and really commit yourself to practicing discipline. Not only will you succeed in demonstrating greater willpower in this area, you’ll also notice yourself gaining more discipline in other areas of your life as well.
Of course, there are many other habits that can contribute to your success but these two habits are especially important for two reasons. When you know what you want to achieve in life, and you routinely think about this, you’ve given yourself a map for all future decisions, small and large. Two, when you’ve mastered the art of willpower and self-discipline, anything is possible – in your business, and in life.
On a final note, ask yourself these two questions. From top to bottom, are the employees in your company thinking about the big picture? Do your employees exhibit self-discipline and willpower?