I marvel at people who are driven to achieve elite levels of success. But it’s not just the success that sets them apart; it’s the ethical, enlightened way they go about it that is the lesson for us all. Whether it is an entrepreneur such as Richard Branson who successfully leads a multibillion-dollar business he started from scratch, or Lance Armstrong who won seven consecutive Tour de France races, they have one thing in common: Congruency of thought and action.
Ever wonder what you could accomplish if your every thought and action were focused on the same thing? These are the levels of commitment elite leaders thrive on, desire, and consider a way of life. How can you achieve that level of leadership congruency?
Do what you love to do
Richard Branson doesn’t just run Virgin: It’s his baby. His passion is embodied by his organization and those he leads. Sure, he has days he is frustrated. I know he has times when goals are missed, but his congruency of thought and action overcome those mistakes because he has invested everything of himself in the success of his organization and himself as a leader and visionary.
If you lay awake on Sunday nights dreading what you might find at work the next day, or find that your most inspired moment of the day is quitting time, you are not going to achieve your personal leadership greatness. Your thoughts and actions are seriously out of congruency, and so is your leadership and impact on your employees.
Get your focus on
Through your soul searching, you may realize you are doing what you love, but your in-congruency of thought and action comes from a drifting of focus on the true meaning of why you are doing what you do. Think back to your first day with your current organization, the dreams you had, the reasons you joined or created this company, the ways you measured success. Leaders who are doing what they love yet feel unfocused are people looking for success in the wrong places. That most frequent wrong place is the bottom line.
Think of the little successes you once celebrated but now consider just another step to keeping the doors open. Are these the things that are either now a chore in your mind, or you just stopped doing all together?
Taking the time to refocus yourself on the reasons why you love what you do. If you are a leader of any kind, you already know that if you do what you love well, the bottom line will take care of itself. Rejuvenate your congruency by thinking more on your motivation than on your compensation.
Russell J. White an international speaker, author and consultant is president of Russell J. White International and founder of The Edgewalk Institute. His cutting edge ideas assist businesses in strategic planning, branding, leadership development and growth strategies. He can be reached at http://www.thinkbigguy.com or at 877-275-9468