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7 Reasons A Positive Leader Gets Results

If you were given four things you could do right now to be a better leader, what would they be?  You could work on them all year where you work, with your family, friends and co-workers.  No seminar, no courses, just activities that drive results.

You have free reign.  No permission needed.  All you have to do is start and finish.  You can’t just say you are going to do it, start and then quit half-way through.  You have to finish.

As author Steven Pressfield says, you have to “do the work”.

You have to make an investment.   You have to invest enough in yourself to finish and believe in yourself.

Or, you can be like the people who get a gym membership in January but quit by March. They aren’t commited to finishing.  They don’t want to do the work.

Don’t be one of those people.


Commit to these four things.  Don’t let anything hold you back.  Lead and make a difference.  What’s on the other side is worth it.  The finish line is great.


Do This Work

1. Take care of your people first.   Get the best people available.  Serve your people every day.  They will serve your customers.

2. Serve vs. served.  Fulfill this responsibility and success will come.  Your customers will advertise for you.   Create a desire to serve with your inner sense of excellence.  Raving Fans await.

3. Earn the trust of your people.  Too many leaders think they are given trust with their position or title.   Trust is earned over time.

4. Be positive.  Create positive energy.  It’s easy to complain, point fingers and blame.  Positive people create positive results.  Positive leaders bring out the best in others and themselves.

Positive energy creates optimism, trust, enthusiasm, love, purpose, joy, passion, and spirit to live, work, and perform at a higher level – Jon Gordon, author of
The Energy Bus.

Choose to encourage.

It’s your choice.  Work on these four things.  Choose just one.  The key is to start.  The other key is to finish.

Resistance will whisper that you don’t need to finish.  Resistance will shout, “Don’t start.  You don’t need to improve.  You don’t need to get better.”

Resistance is a repelling force.  It’s negative.  Its aim is to shove us away, distract us, and prevent us from doing our work.  Resistance will tell you anything to keep you from doing your work – Steven Pressfield, author Do The Work.

It’s up to you.  Leadership is a choice.  Don’t listen to the resistance.  Finish what you start and lead.

What other leadership “work” would you add to the list?


  1. Great thoughts! Especially that trust doesn’t come with a position. Even (sometimes especially) if you own the company, you may not be as in touch with your employees as you think. In this case, you may only discover issues when they break into crises.

  2. John, of your 4 points is the one about earning the trust of your people that speaks to me today. I just read a Wall Street Journal article about the Deficit of Trust in our country. From the cubicle to the CEO corner office –trust is essential to leadership. Thanks for your post.

    • Dan,

      I haven’t read the article but I’ll have to check it out. I agree with you, trust is essential to leadership no matter what. Thanks for your comment.

      Take care,

  3. This is a good article. I really appreciated number 3 only because it matches my article in my blog. bit.ly/10chqLC It is actually a continuation from the article before which was idealized influence. This article is on trust and influence and I must say you have down right on. I am a doctoral student in organizational leadership. I am all but dissertation and have 4 chapters left. Good Job! Lead by Example!

    • Daryl,
      Thanks for the comment. I read your article, really well done. Best of luck on your doctoral work. I agree with you on the trust. It’s crucial to leading and influence.

      Take care,

  4. Authentically serve and add significant value…raving fans await. So true – I love it!


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