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Forward Focus for Leadership Success

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Where is your focus today? Is it forward focus for leadership success? Does your job success or failure define who you are? According to Clotaire Rapaille in The Culture Code who we are is what we do or our work in the U.S. This means we measure our success by our work not as a measure of ourself – a potentially dangerous proposition.

Here’s where it can be dangerous to let your company define your entire identity. I’ve seen entrepreneurs who would rather lose their marriage than their business – and, in some cases, they did. I’ve seen CEOs who pride themselves on having a balanced life, not realizing that every activity or hobby (whether golfing, or being president of the PTA, or sitting on the board of the local arts council) is still tied, in some way, to promoting the company’s growth. And I’ve seen plenty of guys like Jason who think they have personally failed if their company doesn’t outshine everyone else’s, no matter how unreasonable the comparison.

Unfortunately, Jason couldn’t get out of his own way. Because he couldn’t detach his ego from his company, he missed out on an excellent transaction-;one that would have been great for the company and great for Jason personally.

When you start to see any criticism of your company as a personal attack on you, there’s a problem. Make decisions based on what’s best for your company, and not what’s best for your ego.

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If you see yourself and your success as what you do, it can skew your forward focus. It is important to focus on our goals not just the company goals. As suggestted by David Lonsdale our ego can get in the way. Remember to set your own goals for success in addition to those required of your job. Your Forward Focus for Leadership Success is based on your goals.

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Leadership Skills and The Right Mental Attitude

Leadership skills and the right mental attitude result in a successful outcome.

There is no doubt that leadership skills and the right mental attitude will result in a successful outcome. One of the greatest leaders in the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is quoted here:

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. 

Thomas Jefferson

To me this means no matter what happens I am in control of the attitude I choose for dealing with it and if a person doesn’t have the leadership skills and the right mental attitude, things will not go well for them. We know that it takes a lot of hard work and determination to succeed at anything we try, but remember that it is your mental attitude that will provide the foundation to build on.