There are multiple facets to Executive Brilliance that allow transformational leaders to Live, Think and Lead with brilliance. The following “to do” list (the first half of two lists) will help you achieve that goal. Work on these activities each day and watch how your inner brilliance can positively influence those around you:
- Lead by example by continuing and improving your own skills and knowledge: Lifelong learning is a natural and essential part of the brilliance process. Winston Churchill said, “The sad thing about experience is it can be wasted on a person.” Learn, grow, shine brighter!
- Develop individuals on your team: Strong leaders hire highly competent people. A leader’s success is determined by the success of the people on his or her team. Develop your high potentials into high performers and watch collaboration soar.
- Find that quiet place within that helps you shape your outer circumstances: The most life-enhancing actions you can do each day are simple things that no one sees. Try taking 3 deep breaths 3 times a day; have a time each day to quietly give attention to your intention; or offer a random act of kindness.
- Serve! Inspiring leaders are known by making a difference, not just by making money. They seek to lift the spirit and performance of others through their gifts and time. Their mission extends beyond the workplace and into community involvement. Find creative new ways to better serve the world, your family, or your employees.
- Check your diet: Is it healthy? Get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. Increase your discipline for getting proper nutrition and rest, both essential for total health in body and mind. Numerous research articles reveal a lack of sleep decreases performance and increases errors. Type A Executives can underestimate the value of food and rest. Drop the sugar and go to sleep early, then feel your energy build!
- Build a Personal Board of Directors:This board should be composed of people who nourish you and support your goals. With all the electronic communication – email, texting, facebooking, twittering – we can feel more disconnected than ever before. Good relationships are the main component present in people who report higher levels of happiness and life satisfaction. Relationships feed the spirit and support growth.