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9 Things a Leader Must Do

9 Things a Leader Must Do

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9 Things a Leader Must Do

9 Things a Leader Must Do

Successful leaders share 9 behavior patterns: 

1. Identify your hidden desires, dreams and potential

2. Reject negativity. Direct your energy to actions that trigger hope

3. Consider the future implications of your actions

4. Improve difficult situations, even when they are not your responsibility

5. Achieve your biggest dreams through incremental steps

6. What you hate shapes your character as a leader, so choose wisely

7. Forget fairness; give back more than you receive

8. Stop telling self-aggrandizing stories; practice humility instead

9. Don’t let your fear of others’ reactions control you


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Successful leaders share nine behavior patterns you can learn and apply.

“My firm belief is that once you learn this pattern, your life and the lives of those you lead will never be the same.”


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1. Identify your hidden desires, dreams and potential.

Successful leaders don’t take careless risks; they take risks thoughtfully, diligently and cautiously

  • Pay attention to what bothers you – Your inner voice might be telling you something.
  • Overcome negativity
  • Don’t ignore persistent dreams
  • Analyze your fantasies – Perhaps they’re saying something is missing from your life.
  • Confront obstacles and fears
  • Don’t let envy confuse you
  • Pay attention to symptoms – Is your body trying to communicate something to you?
  • Seek community
  • Pray


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2. Don’t accept negativity. Direct your energy toward actions that trigger hope.

Successful leaders overcome aspects of their lives that make them feel negative, which can include those that are:

  • “Physical” – Clutter, junk and an overflowing email inbox have a deleterious impact on your environment.
  • “Relational” – Beware of people who influence you negatively.
  • “Emotional” – Avoid unnecessary worry or anxiety.
  • Time-based – Reconsider activities that don’t lead you in a productive direction.

“Hope means investing time and energy toward results that you have solid reason to believe can be achieved.”


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3. Consider the future implications of your actions.

“Successful leaders know how each scene contributes to the film’s good end. They don’t see just one scene; they watch the whole movie to the end.”


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4. Work to improve difficult situations, even when they are not your responsibility.

“Send Superman to the unemployment line. Get moving and do something!”


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5. Achieve your biggest dreams through a series of incremental steps.

“All success is built and sustained just like a building is built, one brick at a time.”


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6. What you hate shapes your character as a leader, so choose wisely.

“What we hate says a lot about who we are, what we value, what we care about. And how we hate says much about how we will succeed in business and life.”


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7. Forget fairness; give back more than you receive.

“People who succeed in leadership and life do not go around settling scores. They do not even keep score.”


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8. Stop telling self-aggrandizing stories; practice humility instead.

“Successful leaders fail just like everyone else. But it’s the way they handle their failure and imperfections that sets them apart.”


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9. Don’t let your fear of others’ reactions control you.

“To be a successful leader, you may not keep everyone around you happy. In fact, if you are successful in any arena of life, you are guaranteed to tick some people off!”


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