Have you ever wondered what makes successful leaders “successful”? Let’s dive into the psychology of successful leaders to find out. What makes top leaders in business today effective?
You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True power is sitting back and observing things with magic. True power is restraint. If words control you that means everyone else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.Warren Buffett
Buffett gives us insights into the psychology of successful leaders. Emotional control is extremely important among leaders. For someone like Buffett, knee-jerk reactions to an unwanted condition could lead to a loss of a lot of money.
If we want to thrive as a leader, we need to remain grounded in our attitudes and positive outlooks. Practice restraint. Don’t let the conditions of the world be your excuse for being in a bad mood.
Leaders spend 5% of their time on the problem and 95% of their time on the solution. Get over it and crush it!Tony Robbins
As leaders, we like to think of ourselves as problem solvers… however, it’s often time easier to focus on the problem more than the solution. Why did something happen? What could we have done to mitigate it? When did it happen?
Successful leaders look at problems and immediately respond from a place of optimism. What steps can we take from where we are to solve this? A lot of this solution-oriented nature comes from having an optimistic mindset and believing that things can (and will) be better.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.Oprah Winfrey
One of the more classic quotes, in my opinion, to understand the psychology of successful leaders. It is super easy to cut corners if no one is watching. And for many of us, we can recognize integrity in others… but we don’t view it as intentionally practiced.
Winfrey shares her advice as a reminder to everyone that integrity isn’t accidental. We need to practice it and just do the right thing.
John F. Kennedy
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.John F. Kennedy
When you get to the top of the food chain, you would assume you’re the best. We have all had that boss who is arrogant and a “know it all” without knowing anything. JFK is suggesting that you remain humble enough as a leader to know that you don’t know everything.
Take steps to continue learning and growing, and it will benefit your leadership approach. From one of the great Presidents addressing the psychology of successful leaders.
Action expresses priorities.Mahatma Gandhi
Lastly, pay attention to where you put your action and be intentional about it. What you do outlines what you’re priorities are. And be consistent with your action.
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