1. Be a reader. Reading is a great habit a leader uses to acquire new knowledge, discover new threshold of activities, gain inspiration and acquire new technological information. A leader must emulate the reading habits of Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other successful business leaders who have raised the stakes by moving it from the status of a hobby to habit and real work.
  2. Be energetic. Being energetic means the leader is conscious of his/her energy level. The energy level is developed from the food he/she eats, exercises and good health. For a leader to be successful, they must remain energetic and be mindful of their health. They must eat smart and ensure their physical strength is sufficient to support the agility of their job and the mental requirements to carry through their daily routines.
  3. Be a problem solver. Every leader is a problem solver. Problems are situations or enigmatic cases that are troubling, confusing and demanding time and resources to resolve.
  4. Get a mentor and accountability partner. By having a mentor or accountability partner, a leader gets a platform to review their decisions and works towards becoming more effective. Mentors have great skills they use in building the competencies of their proteges and provide fallback solutions whenever the need arises. Getting a peer or accountability partner to give a critical examination of what one leader does will help them to be humble, more objective and sympathetic to the perspective of other team members.
  5. Understand the secret of recharge. Leaders are like motor batteries and they do run down without recharge. Leaders occupy positions where they are required to give out knowledge, instructions, directions and exemplary conduct.
  6. Have clear goals. Successful leaders always have clearly marked goals of what they want, why, where and when they want anything they are engaged in. Being clear about what you want makes your purpose and result well defined to the leader and followers.
  7. Execute clinically. No matter the energy and resources put into planning, what will make the result achievable is clinical execution. Successful leaders make clinical execution of their activities a top priority.
  8. Be action oriented. Leaders are action-oriented people. They are go-getters, finishers or completers of whatever they start. They adopt project management principles in whatever they do and deliberately fights sluggards and procrastinators. Their focus is achieving their deliverables at a given time and they try not to shy away from their responsibilities.
  9. Be a lover of people and your team. Successful leaders know the power of an efficient team and they spend time and resources in building their people. They lavish attention and love on those who work for them and with them, to get results.
  10. Improve continuously. To remain successful and efficient, leaders adopt continuous improvement principles to grow their business and their team. They challenge their teams to be innovative, creative and to find new ways of solving old problems, to stay focused and on top of their competitors.


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