Authentic Leaders take great pride in the results their leadership creates. There is nothing wrong in that because Authentic Leaders also put great PRIDE into their leadership efforts.
P – Authentic Leaders know that leadership is Personal. It’s about people and they respect their people in a way that demonstrates they care about them. An Authentic Leader knows that their own success is dependent upon the success of their people. They work to help their people accomplish extraordinary things. They don’t see working with their people as an expense, they see developing their people as an investment.
R – Authentic Leaders accept Responsibility for all of their actions and decisions. They do not play the blame game. The results produced by the people they lead are their responsibility. They willingly pass along the recognition that comes with success. They accept more than their fair share of the responsibility for anything that goes wrong. Their people’s individual success means more to them than their own.
I – Authentic Leaders work from the Inside out. Their leadership is powered by their heart and guided by their intelligence and experience. Heart based leadership makes it easy to show that they care because when the heart is involved with leading then caring comes naturally.
D – Authentic Leaders know that leading must happen Daily. There are no “off days” or days when the leader can just let their people fend for themselves. For an Authentic Leader everyday is a leadership day. Everyday is a day to demonstrate integrity and interest in the people they lead. Everyday Authentic Leaders invest the time to truly know the people they lead. They invest the time to understand the goals and priorities of their people and what they can do to help them achieve those goals.
E – Authentic Leaders know that one of the things they have complete control over is the amount of Effort they put forth to develop their people and help them achieve success. They willingly sacrifice some of their own freedoms and success for the benefit of the people they lead. Authentic Leaders have the ability to motive themselves so the example they set is one that people will want to follow. That example leads people to be committed, to their colleagues, to the organization and to the leader.
Authentic Leaders don’t work to earn a position that people will have to follow. They put PRIDE into their leadership so people will want to follow.
Do you put PRIDE into your Leadership?
“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” — Jim Rohn
Being prideful is not a good thing. It leads directly to boasting about accomplishments and it turns people off. Being proud of what you’ve accomplished is a very different thing.
When you have pride in your work it shows, people notice, you stand out from the crowd. You don’t have to tell anyone how successful you are, they can see it for themselves.
PRIDE leads directly to success. Here’s how I define PRIDE:
Personal – Your success is about you. If you’re blaming others for your lack of success you will find it nearly impossible to succeed. Until you fully understand that your success is completely up to you there will always be an excuse available that prevents you from reaching your full potential.
Responsibility – You’re responsible for everything you say and do. You’re also responsible for everything you don’t say and do. When you accept 100% responsibility for your life and happiness lots of things change. When you accept 100% responsibility for controlling your attitude and you decide that your attitude will remain positive then everything changes.
In – The most successful people live in “day-tight” compartments. The don’t waste a minute worrying about yesterday and they know that if they take care of today then tomorrow will be better for it. Focus your energies on what you can control and understand that the only day you truly have any control over is the day you’re living right now.
Daily – Success comes from daily effort. The most successful people learn something new every single day. The most successful people do something every single day to get closer to one of their goals. The most successful people do something for someone else every single day. The most successful people make every single day matter. They value time as one of their greatest assets, they waste none of it.
Efforts – Success requires effort. Always! Successful people sometimes fail but they do not fail to try again. They understand that not much worth having comes easy and they are willing to work for what they want from life. Successful people do not wait for a “break,” they work to make a break for themselves. This seems like too simplistic of a statement but the fact is successful people almost always just plain outwork less successful people. They put in the effort required to succeed.
So have PRIDE and see the difference it will make for you!