Hard Work & Leadership
Never the less, the ability to get things done and push harder than anyone else is vital if you're going to succeed at anything. I'm actually pretty old school when it comes to leadership, which you can probably tell from reading my articles.
Watching my Father has taught me so much. when I first met my husband (many years ago now!) I remember a common value we shared was a strong work ethic. We would share stories of the long hours and sacrifices our immigrant parents made to provide for us. It's something that draws us together even now and a value we live everyday. So I thought we could examine hard work in more detail and :
Showing up is about being visible and taking action. Not just thinking about it and planning it, but actually doing it. So even if you're exhausted with a bad cold, you dress up, you show up and you give it your best effort.
We all have people we work with who make excuses rather than taking action. They are infuriating to work with, don't pull their weight and and rarely get anything done. They rely on to do the work for them, 'fake' competence and coast through life. Eventually it will catch up to them.
How many times have you said "I'm sorry I can't do that I'm just too busy". I've said it too. The truth is we are rarely too busy, we just don't want to do it. It's not a priority to us.
There's something inspiring about people who put in the hours to get work done. All the superstar entrepreneurs and amazing leaders I know share this ability. Some tasks and projects take more time and effort.
I'm a huge fan of the book '' by Don Miguel Ruiz. If you haven't read it I highly recommend it. Both these points are from his book, which is why I put them together. Of the four principles he shares in his book these are the two that resonate with me the most. Being able to honour your word and always doing your best sound like the kind of advice a Father would give don't they?
One final point, every June I review my 'optional' activities, such as volunteer Boards and Committees and 'let go' of the ones that just aren't working for me anymore. I stepped away from a board position just the other day (which is not on my LinkedIn profile in case you were wondering) and within 24-hours I had a possibility of another board position.
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