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Leadership Solution - Being Your Best

June 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 134

Much has been made in the business world about being the best. Leaders use metrics to establish their success relative to everyone else. Internally, they use forced ranking systems and performance ratings to understand who's the best sales person, the best manager, the best producer. Externally, they use market share and stock value to assess their worth. For individual leaders, however, the measure needs to be different than just "being the best." In order to truly excel, you need to not just to be the best. You must be your best.

"Being your best" may sound like a cliché, but let's think about it more deeply. Each of the three words in that phrase is important.

Being. When you are being your best, you are focusing on the way you are. "Who you be" in any given moment is about your character, your alignment with your vision and values, and your ability to integrate your life and your leadership. It's not what you do. It's not what you win. It's not what you have. It's who you be that helps you tap into your true unique value. Focusing on the being aspects of your attributes (being caring, being inspirational, being strategic) will tie you to your brilliance.

Your. The biggest difference in being brilliant versus being just good lies in the operative word your. The goal is not to be the best. The goal is to be your best. Being the best is about ego. Being your best is about commitment. Can you be both? Sure. You probably will. But your attention must be on what you can do to succeed - not on beating everyone else. That's a much more powerful position.

Best. "Best" is a moving target. Have you ever done what you thought was your best, only to surprise yourself by doing even a little bit more? The idea behind being your best is to push past the limits of what you thought your "best" would be. Find the edge - that spot where you really feel you cannot do one iota better. That is your best... for the moment, until next time where you find out yes, you can.

Being your best instead of being the best is the opposite of the "nose to the grindstone" mentality that drives our culture... and drives many leaders to destruction. Being your best is being so yourself that you naturally excel.

And if you're really ready to Be Your Best, use the worksheet, Your Best, in The Inner Edge: The Extension. Click here to see a preview or to purchase The Extension at http://www.TheInnerEdge.com.

Please join us for The Inner Edge Book Club! This month we will be discussing what it means for your to Be Your Best - and how to get there. For more information, click here or email info@TheInnerEdge.com.

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