25 Surprising Traits That Make Up a Happy and Effective Leader
I’ve been lucky enough to meet some truly inspirational people – from serial entrepreneurs to religious leaders. What gives them their mojo isn’t as obvious as you may think.
From a young age we’re told that if we work hard, get a good education, harness our talents and fight our way to the top, success will come our way and we’ll all live happily ever after.
But this ignores evidence to the contrary.
Often we see that the happiest people aren’t the richest, the most successful people haven’t followed the conventional path and the best leaders don’t shout the loudest.
And too many only realise they’ve climbed the wrong ladder when it’s too late.
Just because we’re good at something, it doesn’t mean we enjoy it.
So much for conforming.
In fact, trying to conform to the norms of society and what’s expected of us is something that comes back to haunt us when the chips are down. One of the top regrets of the dying is:
“I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me”
Through getting to know some inspirational people over the last few years I see some common behaviours in those that have found a balance between personal happiness and success at work.
- They are generous with their time
- They work on something they care about deeply
- They don’t compete, they collaborate
- They are learning machines
- They design their life to work for them and their needs
- They don’t talk about doing something, they just do it
- They take time out to look after themselves
- They don’t accept things the way they are
- They have a real sense of urgency
- They’re comfortable saying no
- They’ve eliminated the gap between who they are and what they do
- They believe anything is possible with the right application
- They don’t look to blame other people
- They don’t waste time with naysayers
- They don’t take failure personally
- They have a positive outlook, looking forward not back
- They don’t worry about what other people think
- They don’t wait for opportunity, they engineer serendipity
- They find people they trust then get out of the way
- They’re happy for others to take the credit
- They aren’t consumed by the news
- They surround themselves with people that inspire them
- They are happy to ask for help when they need it
- They place more value on relationships & experiences than material goods
- And ironically, they don’t chase happiness… or success
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