Over my decades of working with senior executives and leaders I have come to recognise that much of success comes down to four small little secrets which, if done consistently and done well, can propel you to the 'top'... however you define it. Successful leaders may call them by different names but the actions all seem to boil down to the need to do these four things.
1. Show up. No, this doesn't just refer to the need to actually go to work, though being punctual to work, to meetings, is a must. Rather, I am referring to the need to be fully present in all that you do. It doesn't matter what you are doing, you must give it your all and then 1% more. Successful people give whatever they are doing their full attention, they don't short-change anything. If you want to get ahead and succeed, you have to be present to do it. Show up - in body, mind and spirit.
2. Step up. You are responsible for your life, your choices, your work, your deadlines, your accomplishments. Step up and accept the responsibility for it. Successful people don't make excuses and they don't look to pass the buck elsewhere. They own the good and the bad, laying claim to both their successes and their failures. This is where the true growth and learning occur.
3. Stand up. You've got to be willing to take a stand on issues, to let people know your position. Those who try to appease everyone by doing and supporting everything, end up standing for nothing. Your reputation and brand will be built by the values you uphold and the actions you take. What are you remembered for?
4. Speak up. Give voice to your thoughts, your accomplishments, your goals. Let others know who you are, what you've done and where you're headed. Many people fail to move up simply because others don't know what they are capable of or what their interests are. Speak up also on behalf of those who can't; the underdog, underprivileged, injustice. Many of the greatest leaders and greatest success stories started by finding their voice and then donating it to others.
Take a moment to think how well you are currently living to each of these success tips and how you might work to improve upon each. Four 'little' steps that can make the world of difference to where you manage to take your life and career. What would be the impact to yours if you simply made a point to...
- Show Up
- Step Up
- Stand Up
- Speak Up