3 Disciplines of a successful leader

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[vimeo id="84955179"] I recently came across a great blog by Mark Sanborn that discusses the 7 Disciplines of a successful leader. As you may already know, I’m a huge proponent of discipline and cultivating a lifestyle that is characterized by a disciplined nature. Naturally, when I saw this post, I was definitely hooked. I’d like to share a few of the highlights and my thoughts with you today.

Here they are:

Number one: Capture ideas. As leaders, we must always stay attuned to new and fresh ideas. These can come from any number of sources, like reading, conversations, or simply just paying attention to your surroundings at work or at an event. The point is to stay constantly aware of opportunities that might give a new revelation.

Number two: Build and deepen relationships. I strongly believe that effective leaders are intentional about building strong relationships with the people around them. Unfortunately, many people don’t take the time or don’t see the benefit of cultivating this discipline. The truth is that our true net worth is not in our bank account, but it’s in our network of true and genuine relationships. Effective leaders will learn to power relational intelligence for build authentic community with others.

Number three: Learn a new idea. I’ve always thought that as long as we continue learning, we keep changing and challenging ourselves in new ways. To maintain effectiveness as a leader, this is absolutely a discipline that needs to be cultivated and nurtured through all leadership roles. The old adage remains true – we never stop learning. This is a simple fact of life and as long as we continue to develop this discipline and embrace the ideas of change and new ways of thinking and doing things, we’ll continue to maintain effectiveness as leaders.

Remember, that as leaders, disciplining yourself to accomplish the things we need to achieve simply come through actively monitoring who you are as a person and a leader. As you know, I value reflection and truly believe it bears many benefits when done correctly and consistently. If you stay focused on developing these disciplines and perhaps a few others, you’ll maintain a fresh posture to being an effective leader.

What are some other disciplines that you want to cultivate? How has discipline helped you?