Leadership proficiency and personal excellence are the cornerstones of career success. The process of achievement of career success, although unique to each of us, involves the application of a consistent framework of career success elements associated with leadership proficiency and personal excellence.
Those Career Success Elements include:
Active Career Management - High level of career control and personal responsibility for career success. Excellent career track. Well-positioned for continuing advancement. Visible, known and "on the radar screen" for promotion or referral to a hiring authority. Passionate about “what you do."
Personal Integrity - Exceptional character traits; trustworthy; honest; strong sense of morals; principle-centered and values-driven.
Clarity of Direction - Working within the framework of written plans, goals and objectives. Knowing where you are going and how you plan to get there and championing that same mindset organizationally.
Focus - Mastery of the process of personal planning, prioritization of activities, and organizational efficiency, facilitating focus on those activities that add the greatest value.
Positive Mindset - Relentless focus on the positive without dwelling on the negative. Role model for avoiding being overly critical of others, for avoiding gossip, and for discouraging complaining.
Embraces Change - Open to new ideas and to new and better ways of doing things. Flexible and adaptable to changing "rules", conditions and circumstances. Proactive acceptance of and management of change.
Resiliency - Accepting set backs as part of "experimenting" with what works and what doesn't. Always learning from mistakes, and moving on, having grown from the experience.
Networking Proficiency - Mastery of the process of developing and nurturing your business and professional network, your strategic and tactical alliance partners and your business colleagues and partners.
Leveraging Your Strengths - Having crystal clear clarity on those things you do that give you strength and for which you have a strong sense of passion. Commitment to ongoing mastery of those key strengths.
Knowing Your Weaknesses - Having crystal clear clarity on your areas of weakness - those things that weaken you and drain your emotional and mental energy. Commitment to offloading those tasks to those who are strengthened by those activities.
Intensively Results-Focused - Relentless emphasis on the achievement of exceptional, value-added results. Championing a results-focused and value-added-focused philosophy throughout your organization.
Sense of Urgency - Strong bias for action and getting things done with a sense of urgency. Self-directed and self-motivated toward taking the initiative. Championing an organizational sense of urgency.
Service to Others - Exceptional commitment to compassion and kindness toward others and to a mindset of giving to others.
Development of Others - Commitment to bringing out the best in others - team mates, work associates, etc. -- and surrounding yourself with the best and the brightest talent possible.
Superstar Listener - Exceptional and empathetic listener. Asks great questions. Seeks first to understand others and consistently confirms understanding.
Ownership and Accountability - Takes full responsibility and takes ownership. Fully accountable for personal, team and organizational performance and results.
"Win-Win" Mentality - Seeking out a holistic approach to interaction with others where mutual benefit is achieved.
Commitment to Excellence - Relentless commitment to personal excellence and delivery of exceptional quality work product.
Lifelong Learning - 100% commitment to ongoing personal and professional development and keeping current on the latest thinking in your field.
Life Balance Optimization - Creating and maintaining optimum balance between professional endeavors, personal time (health, fitness, spiritual development) and activities and family time and activities.