12 Basic Choices Lifelong Leaders Make

When you write a blog centered around leadership development, the messages often repeat themselves.

Do a search for “leadership” on Google and you’ll come across hundreds of thousands of articles, posts, tips, principles, and illustrations to help you improve in the area of leadership.

Put all of the leadership development blogs out there together and you’ll see a lot of similar messages and material.

My hope on this site is to simplify some of those messages. To remind those of us, who strive to be lifelong leaders, to think like leaders think so we will do what leaders do.

Since I work with student leaders, I often write about leadership development and personal growth. It’s amazing how much those two areas have in common. I find that I constantly need to remind myself and my readers about what it means to lead oneself well.. These are messages that deserve repeating.

So here’s a collection of twelve questions. These questions cover the basics. They are simple to answer: you will either do one or the other. The thing I like about these questions is they show that leading well, especially leading yourself well, is a choice.

Lifelong leaders make choices everyday. Here are twelve of them.

Will you make a plan and follow it or make a plan and forget it?

Will you simplify the complicated or complicate the simple?

Will you make your own opportunities or wait for someone else to make opportunities for you?

Will you create your own definition of success or allow someone else to define success for you?

Will you attempt to control what’s controllable or attempt to control what’s uncontrollable?

Will you be part of the solution or part of the problem?

Will you make a better decision or make a worse decision?

Will you choose a positive attitude or a negative attitude?

Will you push for through discomfort or push for comfort?

Will you face your fears or avoid your fears?

Will you utilize your potential or waste your potential?

Will you finish what you start or start something and not finish?

Lifelong leaders will find ways to do more of the first part of each question and less of the second part.

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  • http://www.thefortongroup.com HelenCH

    A great summary Tim – I work with leaders at the peak of their leadership careers and see many of the traits you describe. It’s important to start leadership development at an early age, for young women and men to have good role models and, in line with your theme – help people to see that it’s a lifelong practice that starts with ourselves.

    • tim milburn

      So appreciative of your comment Helen. Thank you for affirming the importance of these simple messages, whether one is starting out on the leadership journey or a seasoned veteran. All the best to you in your work.

  • Sam

    Good questions every student leader should ask him / her self .

    • tim milburn

      Thanks for the comment and affirmation Sam!