Ray Kroc once said: The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Setting and achieving high standards for yourself can be challenging. Especially if others around you are not setting high standards for themselves.
But, there in lies what separates a leader from the rest of the pack – the willingness and ability to achieve at higher levels, even when others don’t.
As an emerging woman leader, setting high standards requires that you develop a strategic and compelling vision for who you want to be and what you want to achieve. It is that vision that will provide you with the drive and perseverance to attain your leadership goals. In setting high standards for yourself, consider the following:
1) Meet and exceed the standards that you ask others to achieve: Expect to work harder than others who answer to you. Are you setting an example of excellence and for those around you?
2) Surround yourself with only quality people: Surround yourself with individuals who encourage you and share your vision. Do your closest associates bring out the best in you?
3) Develop your personal discipline: Effective leaders have a long-term commitment to their goals. Are you willing to take consistent action towards attaining your goals over time?
As you pave your leadership track, take the time to be introspective about how you will attain your goals and ask yourself the all important question: Do you set high standards for yourself?
By Andrew Clapton