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The Leadership Mindset. Be the Change You Wish to See.

The Leadership Mindset

Highly driven people are confident. They are focused, passionate and determined.

Leaders, true leaders, not managers, are highly driven. They embody passion, purpose and mission.

Leaders’ Inherent Weaknesses

There is at least one huge, potential impediment to leaders’ effectiveness though: They are people. As such, they come packaged with many of the same foibles and weaknesses inherent to our species.

One of these foibles is the inclination for “believing we are right.” (And, by default, that often other people are wrong.)

This weakness is not limited to opinions on politics, religion or best business practices. Whenever we want another person to change their behaviors, actions or results, we are, in effect, telling them that “I am right, and you are wrong.”

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The Leadership Mindset Understands, Accepts and Leads Their Ancient Brains and Modern Minds

I’ve heard some psychological sciences experts say they believe one of, perhaps “the,” strongest human psychological drive is “TO BE RIGHT.”

It make sense. Our brains evolved over hundreds of thousands or more years as “survival tools for the savannah.” Historically, evolutionarily, “being right” meant you identified that bear, snake or cliff and lived another day, whereas “being wrong” meant you didn’t… and you didn’t, in that order. (ie, you didn’t identify the threat and you didn’t live another day.)

So it’s not just ego at play here. It’s also survival. It’s hardwired into our brains.

So… leaders (and managers)… Adopt the Leadership Mindset and Behavior-set and…

Take the log out of your own eye before you take the speck out of your people’s eyes.

Be the change you wish to see.

Practice what you preach.

Be the Change – And Then Some

And if you could quantify specific mindset, motivation, behavior and results you expect from your people (much of which you can and should–some of which you can’t), and let’s suppose you want a level 80% or better from your people. Then you must consistently deliver a level 90% or better. This is the leadership mindset.

Be the change you wish to see.

Your world is changed by your example, not by your opinion.

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