Leadership excellence is about being able to inspire and grow your highest leverage assets: trust, respect and loyalty.
In good times and bad, everything flows from those three levers.
When you think about great leaders you have known, or admired, my guess is that you would give them all high scores in what I call the 4 C’s.
The 4 C’s of Leadership Excellence
4) Competency: Great leaders have a high degree of competence:
3) Credibility: Being credible is all about:
2) Courage: This shows up in 2 ways:
1) Consistency: Nothing builds trust, respect and loyalty like consistency.
How are you doing with the 4C’s? Aspiring to leadership excellence isn’t about wanting to be top dog, and it absolutely isn’t about wanting to be perfect. It is about making an honest effort to share your personal best with the people around you. And it is about inspiring others to share their best. That’s doable.
Just think about the opportunities that could open up for you – opportunities in your company, in your community, even in your family.
Reality check: Take a couple of minutes to check how many of the 4c’s you excel at. Which one is your Achilles’ heel?
I’ve said it before. You grow when you know.
You’ll find that some characteristics of great leadership are practically second nature for you, some you’ve worked hard to build up, and some are a real stretch. When you know which is which, you know what you need to work on to improve your ability to consistently deliver across the board.
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