Successful Leaders

9 Characteristics That Successful Leaders Have in Common

leadersRunning a non-profit and want to understand what successful organizational people have in common? What kind of life, and organization, do you want to run? This is the kind of goal many people have in mind when they begin to forge ahead with their business ideas. The truth is that successful people have 9 characteristics in common. We all have the potential for greatness if we can train ourselves to keep these in mind as we go about our business day.

  1. They don’t blame. Instead of making excuses for bad outcomes, or reassigning responsibility to others, they take time to learn from their own mistakes.
  1. They are decisive and they have a vision. They take quick, decisive action aligned with that vision. They’re action oriented, always pushing forward toward their goals.
  1. They trust their intuition. If something seems like it’s not quite right, they trust that instinct. If an opportunity excites them and sounds like a great idea, they go for it.
  1. They are singly focused on their CORE business. Successful leaders may be inspired by ideas, but they always remain true to their vision. They focus on opportunities that are aligned with their business’s purpose. All of their efforts, and FOCUS, help them move toward their main goals.
  2. They are marketing focused. They understand the importance of outreach to their success.. They hire people that will develop ties with the community. They work hard at building their email lists, gaining exposure, and are constantly looking for ways to reach a wider audience.
  1. They understand the importance of continuing education. Successful business people are always learning and drawing from other people’s experiences. They are constantly learning about new approaches and strategies, and thinking about how they can apply it to their own business.
  1. They are not afraid of making mistakes. Mistakes are building blocks for success and by making mistakes, you learn what works, and what doesn’t. You don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going. We all make mistakes, and one of the most powerful things you can do is glean feedback from them. Feedback is a great way to learn from your customers and colleagues. See your mistakes as learning lessons.
  1. They model their organization for success. They constantly look for models of success in everyday life and think about how to incorporate these lessons into their own strategy. They even look at their competition for answers. Whatever niche you’re in, subscribe to some industry newsletters, buy their products, and learn HOW they create success.
  1. They build a team to rely on. No matter what stage you are in with your organization, leadersyou’ve got to realize that you simply cannot do it all. You can’t be an expert in everything. You want to create a great team of people. You have to have people that are cheering you on, encouraging your success.

These are some inherent characteristics of successful people. If you can keep these principles in mind, you’ll go a long way. Our firm RLS Focused Solutions has helped the development of leaders in both business and non-profit organizations. Contact us for our Complimentary Advisory Service or email