Preeminent leaders have a mindset focused on accomplishing things larger than themselves. To go beyond “business as usual”, your mindset must be capable of:
- Focusing your company’s endeavors.
- Bringing out the best in your people.
- Providing your company with a competitive edge.
As important, the articulation of your mindset must inspire your workforce to “focus” on the successful completion of their individual tasks in reaching your company’s desired future position in the marketplace.
Setting direction, making decisions, leading people, adapting to change, reacting to stimuli, and how you interact with those around you are all a matter of your mindset. Your mindset is how you view the current world and more importantly “how you believe it might be changed or improved”, i.e., the future or a vision. How the world will view you is based upon your actions, words, and approach in conveying your mindset of said future and how best to attain it.
Leaders are basically free to choose the path they take in business. Elements which will shape your path and may also improve the potential for achieving success include:
- The mindset you have.
- Your specific idea or dream (vision/mission).
- The goals and objectives you set out to accomplish along the way.
- The “Leader” you are willing to become in guiding others in the achievement of your dreams and aspirations.
- Your attitude and approach.
- The relationships you build.
- Your ability to sell yourself and your end-product.
- Your ability to adapt to change.
- Your ability to zero in on the future and to maintain said focus.
- Your ability to focus the energy and efforts of your employees on their tasks in your mutual pursuit of the future.
This article discusses how to become a “Focused Leader”. Regardless of how you describe the concept, i.e., “Keeping your eye on: the ball, the prize, or the target”, learning how to improve your ability to focus is essential to your leadership success. This article is structured, from start to end, to introduce a general leadership concept and then develop take home ideas to consider within the context of your individual leadership role and style.
The dictionary defines “focus” with phrases such as: a main purpose or interest; a center of activity, attraction, or attention; a point of concentration; emphasis; a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding; a guiding or motivating purpose or principle; a concept of the greatest importance to an activity or interest; to fix one’s attention steadily toward a central objective; and to direct your attention or effort at something specific.
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