Book on Leadership that will change your Life
Leadership to Greatness is a simple, practical book that can be used by anyone to learn, apply and transform leadership skills to deliver significant outcomes for themselves and their organizations. The book takes you through the journey of four pillars of leadership techniques that can be applied in your life. By taking you through the journey with examples, the book will help you to discover where you need to work to take your leadership to achieve greatness in life.
Pillar 1 – Purpose of Vision
Discover your Purpose of Vision, Strategy and Goal Oriented Customer Solutions
Leader must have a Purpose of Vision.
Leader must have a clarity of thinking to discover their Vision.
This Purpose of Vision can be achieved by unwinding the mind to discover a big problem that the Leader wants to make it right.
Leader must be able to acquire Knowledge, build skills, strengths, motivators, and behaviors that are critical to execute the Purpose of Vision.
Leader must find their motivation and enjoy discovering, inventing, or creating solutions to the problem for this Vision.
Leader must be able to identify their 80-20 Goals from the Purpose of Vision and never lose focus of the Vision.
Leader must remember that 20% of our actions results in 80% of the benefits.
Leader must prioritize Goals that are critical to the success of the Vision and Strategy.
Why it works?
Discovering your skills, strengths, motivators, and behaviors helps you understand what makes you excel and what your organization needs from you. It helps you to prioritize to improve or work on specific skills, strengths, motivators, and behaviors where there are jobs that are potential opportunities for you. It helps you to differentiate yourself and stand out from the competition.
Story about importance of Purpose of Vision and Self Reflection
Benjamin Franklin, President of US was working hard, working all the time.
People are complaining that he is not doing enough.
So, Benjamin Franklin decided one day to start making notes.
He was reflecting on himself where he is spending his time, and the priority of the activity.
He was reflecting on himself what he is doing with his time and if the activity is associated with Purpose of Vision and associated Goals and Tasks.
He was reflecting on himself how he is spending his time and if the activity has an impact on his execution of Vision and his Goals and underlying Tasks.
As he made notes about himself and where he is spending time, he started writing a list of tasks he is working on that are critical, important, not so important, and trivial tasks.
As tasks are getting completed, he marked the status to reflect that.
After some time, he realized he is spending time working on less important tasks and not getting enough time to spend on critical and important ones.
He started identifying his Vision, Goals, and important tasks with the 80-20 rule.
20% of the Goals and actions will result in 80% of the outcomes, benefits, and results.
By applying 80-20 rule to his Goals and prioritizing the most urgent and important tasks that needed to be complete, he was able to get most benefit for his People and execute to his Purpose of Vision.
Pillar 2 – Create or Discover Path of Innovation
Create your Path of Innovation through Agility and Simplicity
Leader must have the skills and competencies to create and discover the path.
They must identify 80-20 Plans and Tasks to be successful in the Path.
20% Of the Plans and Tasks Will Result In 80% of the Benefits.
Leader must prioritize Those Plans and Tasks to Create and Discover the Path of Innovation.
Leader must remain calm, keep focus on their purpose, maintain a positive outlook, and never lose hope.
Path of Innovation requires simple solutions.
Path of Innovation requires agility and lean process mindset.
Path of Innovation requires smart solutions and collaboration with smart people.
Leader must associate with Smart People, Successful People, and Build Trust Based Relationships.
Leader must be able to learn from their association with Smart People and maintain a strong Network that they can tap into should a need arise.
Leader must be able to leverage the power of technology accelerators with lean process mindset to execute their Vision and Goals.
Why it works?
Plan is critical to identify what steps you need to take to excel as a Leader, leverage your skills to create path of innovation as required. It allows you to measure your plan against your goals and timelines within which you would like to execute your Vision.
Story to stay focused and calm on your Path to Innovation
I asked my teacher: How do you unwind your mind and discover the purpose of vision.
To this my teacher said: The secret to unwinding your mind lies in staying focused and true to your purpose, strengths, and competencies.
Once upon a time, there was a competition of Archery conducted by a great Master. The greatest Archers were assembled to hit a toy bird’s eye which was kept on top of a giant tree. Archer’s were asked to describe what they saw before releasing their arrow to try and hit the bird’s eye.
First Archer said, he saw the tree, and the bird. He aimed at the bird and missed the shot.
The second Archer said, he saw the sky, the tree, the bird, and the sun. He aimed at the bird and missed his shot.
The third Archer said, he saw the bird, the leaves of the tree and the branch on which the bird was kept. He aimed at the bird and missed his shot.
The fourth Archer said, he saw the bird and the branch on which the bird was kept. He aimed at the bird and missed his shot as well.
So many talented and skilled Archers kept failing to hit the bird’s eye.
Finally, Arjun came, and he said he saw the bird’s eye and only the bird’s eye – nothing else. He shot the bird’s eye and hit its target. Arjun practiced archery since he was a small Kid. It took a lot of practice to acquire skill and competency and focus to acquire precision and predictability. Arjun’s success at archery came from his ability to unwind his mind and have no other thought other than the focus on Goal at hand.
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In this world, there is nothing more challenging for an individual than to discover their higher purpose, find the path, transform themselves, realize their true potential and lead themselves to greatness.