By Paul Keijzer
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Did you know that by removing just a few unimportant things from your life, you can become an unmatched leader?
“If you want to become a better leader, you must keep adding new skills, habits, and professional experience to your arsenal.” This is a commonly assumed notion in the business world, and there is definite merit to it.
While that helps, however, I’ve discovered that getting rid of a few existing habits can be equally effective in helping you rise to leadership.
Hence, this is one truth that every leader needs to be aware of: it’s not just what you doevery day that defines your leadership; what you don’t do counts just as much.
“A leader must give up, going up.” – John C. Maxwell.
Professionals understand that leadership requires great sacrifice. That often includes giving up simple things that you put value on, for the sake of self-betterment.
I’ve personally found that more often than not, it’s the little changes we make in our daily routines that amount to extraordinary results.
If you are on the path to becoming a leader, or you are a leader who seeks to rise to greater success, consider letting go of these 5 common habits:
1. Give Up Gossip and Backbiting
Successful leaders do not practice backstabbing as a rule because they prefer to tell people what they think directly to their face in a diplomatic fashion.
Great leaders are wary of gossip and backbiting because they understand that what goes around comes around.
In order to improve your leadership ability, you must opt for transparency and sharing meaningful feedback with your peers and employees.
Likewise, you must also discourage gossip in the workplace, not just refrain from participating in it yourself. Gossip destroys credibility and wears trust down. It actively works against the paradigm of a healthy corporate culture, creating political discord and emotional uneasiness among workers. Resultantly, your and your team’s performance are undermined due to backbiting and gossip.
2. Give Up on Always Saying Yes
Successful leadership doesn’t entail spearheading every project that comes your way; equally important are the projects you decide not to pursue.
You may feel the urge to accept new initiatives for your company to tackle, but ensure that the undertaking is beneficial and practical for the organization’s business objectives.
Psychologically speaking, people tend to say “yes” far too often and overcommit to tasks because they have an inherent aversion to disappointment.
However, remember that as a leader, your integrity is contingent upon your ability to follow throw on every commitment.
Great leaders understand that it’s okay to say “no” to opportunities from time to time – and their team is thankful to them for it. Saying yes to everything can lead to you and your employees becoming overwhelmed, and they may even stop viewing you as much of a decisive leader.
3. Give Up on being a Perfectionist
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