is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines
whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.
- Stephen R.
the topic of Leadership…
What's the secret?
, a colleague asked me if I’d heard about “The Secret.” At
admitted I had been asked that before, but I wasn’t yet “in
while I was waiting to catch a flight home, I saw someone who
I’d met some twenty years ago. Coincidentally, he is one of the
contributors to The Secret, and has been on many talk shows,
including Larry King.
the end of the day, the secret of success for many top
leaders is not so much a secret as it is a Discipline.
is in their own personal leadership.
you want to coach/ lead others to sustainable performance, deep
down you know you need to lead yourself effectively first. Your
success in leading others emanates from your thoughts and actions that
create good habits of how you lead yourself.
a blackberry-driven culture, effective leaders master this
challenge with 3 major disciplines that form the foundation to
unlock their leadership skills, talents, and personal
- Sustaining their own personal high energy
level through regular physical activity (run, swim, cycle, walk,
gym workouts, etc.) This allows for the endurance so foundational
to the pursuit of worthy personal and professional goals through
- Regular rejuvenation and reflection times
alone, to ponder events in context and create plans and direction.
In biblical times, even Jesus was known to get away from the
crowds to spend time up on a hill and reflect.
- After reflection, develop a propensity to
implement necessary changes to get, stay, or get back on track
with your goals. This discipline keeps you sharp and flexible. As
Peter Drucker says, the best way to deal with change is to create
With responsibility for leading yourself, how are you doing in
these 3 disciplines? Assess yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 in
these three areas of:
Personal Recreation - Are you working out enough?
Personal Reflection - Do you regularly allow
time to reflect? (See the book Thinking for a Change,
by John Maxwell)
Personal Reengineering - What changes that would
have significant positive impact for you will you commit to
enhance your personal leadership, plan regular Recreation,
Rejuvenation and Reengineering to sustain ongoing achievement.
In the Spirit of Growth,
Chuck Reynolds is a Principal and
Chief Performance Officer with Excel
Group Development a Performance Solutions firm that assists
organizations in enhancing management and team effectiveness. He can be reached
indirectly by emailing our
admin group. Insert 'ATTN Chuck' in the subject area. Visit them at www.ExcelGroupWorks.com
© Rights Reserved 2007
Excel Group Development Services Inc. Feel free to forward this article
in its entirety to any colleagues or associates as you wish. To
include on your site please ask and we may grant permission.