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:

  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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?
  1. Practicing self-control
  • Self-regulate emotion
  • Avoid practicing an “eye for an eye”
  • Refuse to burn bridges and stay clear on drama-draining moments
  1. Welcome feedback
  • Encourage feedback from useful, loving critics
  • Adjust your leadership based on constructive feedback
  • Listen to those who care about you
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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.