How Do YOU Define Success?

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This question is critical for determining both the way you interact with others within the organization as well as with the communities you operate in.  Is success defined as being Number 1, as getting the biggest bonus, as getting the next promotion?  If so, it’s time to re-envision your mission.  The best leaders are the ones that work for others, not for themselves. They are the ones who strive to create a better life for their employees, their customers, and their environment. It’s also easy to fall into the trap laid out by hubris and become Number 1 by mudslinging those around you or gaming the system to make your numbers look better. But does any of that make a positive difference for your employees or your communities?

To be a truly inspiring leader that people clamor to work for and that truly makes a difference, you need to define success by making a positive difference in the lives of those you come into contact with.  Maybe that means taking the high road and only saying good things about those around you, even when they don’t. Maybe that means slowing down to give your customers the best possible product or experience rather than lower quality by rushing it just to achieve target. What it definitely means is putting others before yourself. Help that team member get the next promotion. Take the time to make that customer’s day. Approve the extra budget expense to buy greener technology that creates less waste.

So today, take a step back and think about how you define success.  Think about what interactions you’ll have with your team and what decisions you will make that will re-envision that definition or help you achieve it.  Today, you truly have the power to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you. Let’s get to it.

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