10 Powerful Habits of Ultra-Successful Leaders
“Successful people are simply those with successful habits.”
– Brian Tracy
I recently had a dynamic lunch with one of my favorite leaders, Janelle Bruland, CEO of Management Services Northwest. I’m privileged to co-lead a bi-monthly, CEO/Senior Leadership Mastermind group called Leadership Edge with her. We discussed and began planning our next few Leadership Edge gatherings—including our upcoming inspiring retreat.
Janelle’s intentionality always strikes me when I am with her. She possesses an uncommon virtue of international habits and personal standards.
In working with some truly world-class leaders, I’ve identified, “10 Powerful Habits of the Ultra-Successful Leader.” These habits include:
- Possessing an intentional morning ritual of purpose
- A spiritual-peace practice
- A healthy-mind practice of reading or inspiration (not email)
- A targeting of what that days “main events” are
- Vision, including visualization
- Dress for success, internally and externally
- Brain-map great results by the practice of visualization
- Attract success because you’ve created success ahead of time in your mind
- Creating urgency around each day with clear priorities
- Urgency gets things done fast
- Clear out noise that distracts you
- Seize the day and refuse to be paralyzed by perfection
- Practicing early rising
- Go to bed one hour earlier, and rise one hour earlier—that’s 365 additional hours, equaling 2 full weeks of production
- Having a clear strategy and plan for success
- Have a clear strategy of how you will build and measure your success
- Set clear, doable goals each quarter
- What is your vision?
- What do you want to accomplish in the next 12-24 months?
- Practicing self-control
- Self-regulate emotion
- Avoid practicing an “eye for an eye”
- Refuse to burn bridges and stay clear on drama-draining moments
- Welcome feedback
- Encourage feedback from useful, loving critics
- Adjust your leadership based on constructive feedback
- Listen to those who care about you
- Write down your goals
- Those who set and write down their goals earn twice as much, on average, as those who don’t
- Hold yourself accountable with clear, action goals for the next 60-90 days
- Exercise and eat healthy
- Exercise is not an extra, it should be a regular part of your weekly habit
- Eat to win and practice moderation
- Have a “Code of Conduct”
- Set rules to live by that are clear, not vague
- Set personal standards of character that ensure sustainability
Take a few moments to build your interim ultra-successful habits!
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About the Author
Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.
A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.