The job of a leader, CEO or any job for that matter is your job. Truth is you can have it. Every business leader has a threefold responsibility- to keep investors happy, to satisfy and retain customers and to encourage and prop on employees for greater productively. If you have capacity to deliver on all three above, then you are the leader being sought for.
In achieving the threefold task requires decisions.
Decisions are choice made from limited options with conscious awareness that the chosen path holds benefits when it goes well and it could also result in difficulties. For a leader, the fear of failure or making a mistake is not enough to stop them from moving ahead with decisions. A leader may not be sure of all that the decision will bring but their resolve to handle the aftermath is a success streak that compels positive actions.
“Converting a decision into action requires answering several distinct questions: Who has to know of this decision? What action has to be taken? Who is to take it? And what does the action have to be so that the people who have to do it can do it? The first and the last of these are too often overlooked—with dire results.”
― Peter F. Drucker,
For many leaders, they will swear never to make a mistake while taking decisions. I have never met an honest leader who has never made a mistake or admitting to have made a mistake. I have met so many others who claims all their decisions have gone right. I always take their statements was half-truths. Leaders make mistakes and a wise leaders learn from mistakes, but it is better for them to learn from the mistakes of others. This is because the cost of every mistake is heavy. The truth about life is that some discoveries were actually recorded out of mistakes. So when you find yourself making a mistake as a leader, always know that you are threding the path of great Chief Executive Officers
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.
Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.”
– Neil Gaiman
“Winning companies win because they have good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organization.” — Noel Tichy.
The bottom line is that you must be ready to make principled decisions through hard work that will affect the threesome areas outlined above. Leadership decision making and seeing through its fruition is not “come and chop” affair. It is a result of rigorous, delicate hard work and commitment to execution with challenging finishing skills.
“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” – Vince Lombardi
Unfortunately, many who want to be leaders focus on the wealth, the visibility, the power and the status that comes with the job thereby making them fall to a horrible end? Leadership is not about efforts, it is not about processes either. It is about results. The ability to creatively bring about a result that makes dramatic improvement possible and gets promises turned into visualized realities. The results that are gotten with and through men, when they are creatively brought together to fulfill a mission. This is what makes one a leader.
“A valuable executive must possess a willingness and ability to assume responsibility, a fair knowledge of his particular branch of business, and a nice understanding of business principles in general, also to be able to read and understand human nature. There is no phase of knowledge which anyone can safely dismiss as valueless.”-Charles Cheney