Having just completed watching the Winter Olympics in Seoul, Korea, we can learn so many lessons of leadership, commitment and excellence. This international event brings all types of leaders together to compete; but more importantly, to show others what is possible with 100% commitment to win. Winning requires us to be willing to fail many times. This is often what separates true leaders from those who are interested in only creating results and focused on their egos. In order to accept loosing at times, we must be willing to face higher challenges and open our minds to something new in order to learn how to become successful.
“High aims form high characters, and great objectives bring out greater minds,” Tryon Edwards wrote this statement in the middle of the 19th Century when the age of the industrial revolution was just beginning. As people began to see the value of automation to improve performance and quality of labor and commerce, more people began to open their minds to new possibilities in the way they did business and lived their lives each day. We remember this time in history when there was excitement and a belief that anyone could become successful with hard work and ingenuity.
What our world needs now is for everyone to see themselves as a leader and to be willing to take risks and to challenge themselves to think outside of their box. Instead of being a journalist and talking about what change is needed, we must be willing to create the change we want. These are powerful words and many leaders in history have shared this thinking in many different ways. However, without taking action and staying committed to the change we want, it is too easy to step back and wait for someone else to take the lead.
Here are 8 simple things anyone can do each day to demonstrate their leadership value.
- Take time to read something new and share what you’ve learned with someone else.
- Identify one thing you would like to change and take action each day to create that change. This could be something as simple as cleaning out your closet and donating what you don’t need to others.
- Acknowledge everyone you see each day – this could be as simple as giving them a smile.
- Make a donation of ANY value at least once a month to a cause that is important to you.
- Practice listening deeply when people are talking to you. Let them know you HEAR them by responding to what they say.
- Listen to your body to stay healthy and exercise regularly and eat healthy foods.
- Maintain the environment around you by following sustainable practices such as recycling or using water bottles.
- If you experience conflict around you, step in to make things better and resolve it.
Being a leader is a mindset and it involves your identity. When we see ourselves as leaders, we recognize our contribution and show up authentically; not because we want approval but because we believe we can make a difference. Each person who participated at this year’s Olympic games saw themselves as a leader and committed years of practice to become excellent and to inspire all of us to see what is possible when we are willing to risk and reach for the gold.
Our best to you,
Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training