12 Basic Choices Lifelong Leaders Make

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. It can be hard to know where to focus your attention.

Here’s a collection of twelve questions you can ask yourself. They are simple to answer: you will either do the first part or the second part. My hope is that these questions will reveal how leading well, especially leading yourself well, is a series of choices you make on a regular basis.

  • 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 through discomfort or postpone 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?

Most of the choices we face aren’t either/or. They tend to fall somewhere on a scale, leaning one way or another. Lifelong leaders will find ways to lean more toward of the first part of each question and less toward the second part.

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