We enjoyed this recent post by Center for Higher Ambition Leadership board member Doug Conant. It originally appeared on his site, ConantLeadership.com. We find it useful because it helps counter the myth of the heroic, all-knowing leader. Doug draws on his successful tenure as a top executive to reveal what really leads to success as a Higher Ambition leader.
How can you get started on developing more effective leadership habits? Use our handy H.A.B.I.T checklist as a guide. Think of these 5 leadership behaviors as you navigate the daily interactions and challenges of your day. Whenever possible, simply choose, even in the smallest way, to behave in a way that is more aligned with these 5 positive traits that are the building blocks of a highly effective leadership habit: Humility, Authenticity, Bravery, Intention, Tenacity.
Humility is important because true leaders “don’t pretend to be the smartest person in the room; in fact, they purposefully hire people even smarter than they are and rely on their expertise to get tough jobs done.”
Authenticity matters because “Leadership is an inside-out craft. You can’t hope to deliver transformative results externally without being firmly rooted in who you are and what you believe internally.”
Bravery is essential because “There will be moments when you’re not sure how to engage thoughtfully or when you won’t know what to say, or when you will second-guess a call you’ve made. But, no matter the challenge, people are counting on you as the leader.”
Intention “means adopting a mastery model in which you treat leadership as a craft: honed with intention, practiced mindfully, and improved constantly.”
Tenacity, according to Professor Angela Duckworth, is “even more important than talent and luck in predicting success.”
Conant says, “With these five H.A.B.I.Ts in mind, every day holds an opportunity to make a better choice than you did yesterday, to show up a little more completely than you did before. Over time, the power of your habits is likely to surprise you as your leadership effectiveness grows and grows.”