I really like this piece. Randy Conley has done a great job of getting to some essential thinking about leadership. My favorite line – which reveals my deeply held personal belief about what makes the difference between authentic leadership development and the multitude of cookie-cutter leadership training approaches – is this: “If you want to be a successful leader, your primary focus should be on the inner work that is required, not on behavioral tricks or techniques.”
We tend to over-complicate things in life, and when it comes to defining what successful leadership looks like, we really, really, over-complicate it. Much of what constitutes leadership success comes down to common sense, but unfortunately it’s not common practice.
Searching the shelves of your local bookstore (do those still exist?) or doing a search on Amazon.com would lead you to believe that in order to be a successful leader you’ll need to find some keys, take the right steps, follow the proper laws, figure out the dysfunctions, embrace the challenge, ascend the levels, look within yourself, look outside yourself, form a tribe, develop the right habits, know the rules, break the rules, be obsessed, learn the new science, or discover the ancient wisdom. Did I say we like to over-complicate things?
I don’t think leadership should be that complicated. If you’re looking for leadership success, consider these…
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