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Will You Choose or Excuse Great Leadership?

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

All too often, we choose to believe our professional fate is not about a choice we make right now, but it's about the choices we've made back then. What college to attend? What degree to pursue? What job to accept? Travel or work? Attend conference A or conference B? Return to school for MBA vs. climb the corporate ladder?

When it comes to our professional lives, we've all made dozens of decisions that, in hindsight, maybe we'd do differently (sometimes, we might do things pretty similarly). And we think that "had I just..., I'd be in a different situation than I am right now." We think that with more experience, different experience, or less of a specific experience - we'd be more prepared or less jaded. We think that with more education, we'd be in higher demand and less likely to be overlooked. And we think that with more expertise and skill in X, Y or Z, we'd really be everything we want to be.

Recently, Michael Hyatt blogged about 12 things that leaders do, while setting the stage to suggest that if you're a leader - you do these things; if you're not a leader - you don't do these things. Although his entire post was quite good, it was his last comment that caught my attention: "Leadership is not about experience, education or talent. It's about choosing to lead."

The unfortunate thing about that attitude is that it feels pretty hopeless because it's all an all-or-nothing. It's either more or less of something, which inevitably never feels just right. If it's all about what we've done, achieved and become up until this point - well, we think what's the point?

To me, the reason many people live their lives in this standstill is for one reason: it's an easy excuse to excuse yourself from putting in the effort. It's a way to make it all about what you should have done instead of making it all about what you could do! If people really wanted to be great leaders - they would DECIDE to be great leaders. I'm not suggesting that what we've done prior to this point has no impact on our current realities, but to throw ourselves a pity party because we're not where we want to just our way of letting ourselves off the hook. If we truly wanted to be great leaders, we'd stop whining over what's been and start capitalizing on what's here.

So, I'll ask you now are you going to choose or excuse the opportunity to lead well?With the choice to lead with greatness comes the commitment to become a student of the game, to honestly look at your shortcomings, to listen to others feedback, to seek a mentor or coach and to focus on learning how to help others win. Why? Great leaders are made not born.

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Rick Conlow is CEO with WCW Partners, a management consulting and training firm. Rick has helped organizations increase sales 218%, improve repeat and referral business by 20%, increase customer retention to 99%, reduce complaints by 60% and achieve 34 quality awards. You can reach Rick at: or 888-313-0514.

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