Principle     : Successful Leaders Believe in Themselves



Leaders Believe in Their Right to Lead

Leaders believe that their drive, focus, willingness to do what it takes, and intelligence enable them to develop the skills necessary to earn the right to lead others. From early on, leaders typically believe that they will be successful at something ... even if they do not know at what. They search for the opportunity to take the lead. They have a reason to lead. They have a desire to make a difference. They have a desire to have an impact. And they believe that they can only fulfill their destiny by doing so.

Leaders Believe in Their Ability to Take Charge

Leaders remain in control in their personal and professional lives. They are natural organizers. They believe in setting goals and in their ability to reach them. Leaders have both an inclination to take charge and a belief in their ability to do so. They are, by nature, better at taking charge than at working on a team. Leaders believe in their ability to add value to others. They believe that they have, or will learn, the necessary skills to take people further than they could travel on their own.

Leaders Believe in Their Ability to Set Direction

Leaders want to have an impact and to leave a legacy. In order to do this, they know that they must believe in their own vision and that they must instill a culture of belief in others. Leaders know that leading is about taking people to a new place. They know that they must establish a vision that others believe in, or that no one will follow them. Leaders know that no one can get to where they want to go without a plan of action. They believe in a realistic plan. And they believe in revisiting their plans in order to ensure that they remain realistic.

Leaders Believe in Their Ability to Execute a Plan

Leaders believe in their ability to direct the activities of others. They understand that their success depends on their ability to encourage and oversee the activities of others. Leaders believe in their ability to solve emergent problems. They understand that assumptions will be wrong, calculations will be off the mark, and issues will emerge. They know that being ready for this is part of a practical, common sense plan. Leaders believe in their ability to guide processes to successful completion. They do not expect execution to be flawless, but they believe in their ability to get themselves and others to the end point.

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