[October 3, 2018] Good habits are developed through a conscious and meticulous mental process. They are not accidental. However, the issue on our plate today is about competitive habits for leaders. It has been my personal experience that leaders who allow themselves to possess any behavior that is not overtly good, will struggle.
My blog post today is not about “how” to develop good habits; these are covered well in many, well-written articles. I’m also not writing about what those good leader habits are; I cover this in a “good habits” series right here at www.theLeaderMaker.com. Please go to them for more.
“I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.” – Walt Disney, American entrepreneur
What I want to impress upon everyone today is that leaders are in a competitive environment and in order to continue as an effective and respected leader, they should adopt competitive habits. It’s not just good enough to have good hygiene, proper table manners, and a cheerful personality (although it helps); a true leader must have habits that are tailored to the workplace.
Good habits for leaders means that a leader knows the inner-workings of the workplace, understands the people who work there, and is fully adapted to a culture of excellence. This is not simple and few can actually do it quickly or at all. It often takes years to understand and measure up to a culture of excellence (especially if such a culture doesn’t already exist).
To be competitive as a leader, one must learn the habit of making firm, timely, correct decisions that both accomplish the organization’s mission and takes care of those who work there. Anything short of this puts everyone at unnecessary risk. Thus, the epitome of a good leader is one with habits that puts the leader at a competitive advantage.