I recently read an article by John Eades called, “5 Beliefs You Need to Adopt to Be a Great Leader.” These beliefs rang true for me, so I wanted to pass them along. Reading through them they seem to all fall under a larger mindset that I personally like to follow. It is to enjoy the journey. Working to accomplish something is always hard, heck if it was easy you would not have to work for it. If you enjoy the journey than you will enjoy the hard work (most of the time). Also, if you enjoy the journey then whether you accomplish your goals or not you will be happy with what you have accomplished.
Enough about me, let’s talk about leadership. Here are the five beliefs that Eades outlines:
1.Good things will happen
In everything we do in life there are ups and downs, the important thing is to focus on the good things that come along. As a leader you have great influence on the energy of your team. Being positive is always better than being negative.
2. Failure is not final; failure is feedback
Failure is rarely the end of the road. Usually, it is a temporary setback. It is always feedback that you can use to improve. Viewing failure as a learning moment and an opportunity to improve will keep your team positive and focused on the successes.
3. Patience is a virtue
Success is not always the end of the road, and usually the road to success is longer than we want it to be. Keeping focused on the task at hand and accepting that you do not always control the timeline will help you remain patient.
4. No one is a finished product
Have you stopped growing/learning yet? When you graduated? When you got your dream job? When you got promoted? I know I haven’t. I can still improve, so shouldn’t you view your team in the same way? If you see opportunities for improvement, bring them up to your team with a plan to make the improvement. Making the members of your team better will inherently make your team better.
5. Everyone is created for a bigger purpose
Finding out the bigger purpose for your teammates should be a goal for any leader. Finding out what will make them happy in the long run will help keep the energy on your team positive even in the hard times.
I encourage you to try to focus on these five beliefs as you work on your next project and see where they take you!
Until next time…we are Advoco, make every minute count.
About Colin: Colin Whitney is a Solutions Architect with Advoco and looks forward to helping others achieve their EAM goals. He is a graduate of both the University of Iowa and the University of Georgia. When he is not working he enjoys getting outside and watching college football. Questions? Send Colin an email!