What is it that good leaders, strong leaders, successful leaders do that separates them from others who claim to be in charge? They lead. Leaders …
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What is it that good leaders, strong leaders, successful leaders
do that separates them from others who claim to be in charge? They
Leaders take action and make decisions in the face of
opportunity as well as adversity. Sometimes the decisions they must
make are met with opposition, disagreement and discontent. But the
strong leader puts their stake in the ground, confident that they
are absolutely doing the right thing for all those in their
Even when difficult actions need to be taken, there will be
dissention among the ranks. Once all the dust settles, and
regardless of how rough the decisions or actions may have been for
some of the team to take, most will respect and appreciate that at
least there was one person in charge who had what it takes to make
Because you know how it goes. We have all been in situations
where the person we are looking to for direction becomes frozen
with indecision or suffering from something called ‘paralysis by
analysis’ when they over think the action required or waffle on the
decision until they get so confused they refuse to commit.
I’ll bet that you can think of a time where maybe the outcome
could have been different if the person responsible for providing
direction would have acted with more courage and decisiveness. I’ll
bet that you can also think of a time when you perhaps didn’t agree
with the decisions being made, and no matter how angry or
disappointed you were, even now in retrospect you can look back and
know it was the right thing for that person to do at that time. And
lastly, I am sure you can reflect on a time when you were the one
who was faced with making a leadership decision and wish you would
have taken action sooner or had been more decisive yourself.
It’s OK if you find yourself relating to all of the scenarios
above, even if you were the one that could have done a better job
yourself, because one of the decisions good leaders, strong
leaders, and successful leaders make is a decision to commit to
learning from all situations they face, decisions they have made,
and actions they have taken.
For those aspiring to assume a leadership role and all of the
new emerging leaders out there, one of the best first lessons that
can be learned and applied is the ability to make a decision or
take action. Not uncalculated or irresponsible chances, but
intelligent and educated choices based on the greater good for the
company, the family, the church, the school, the team, the
community, the government, and the people.
I would love to hear all about what you expect from your
leadership team and how you plan to become a take action yourself
Go ahead, take the lead this week in making it a better than good
Michael Norton, a resident of Highlands Ranch, is the former
president of the Zig Ziglar organization and CEO and founder of
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