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16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do

16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do
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What is leadership? It is a procedure, a process and a method of a great person who inspires and influences the attitudes, behaviors and thoughts of others.  Thus Leadership is the skill to get other people to do something significantly and leads them toward a goal.

There are few things that great leaders have in common. Their actions, that set them apart from many others. Here are a few habits of great leaders that make them unique what they do and, possibly more importantly, what they don’t do.

1. They don’t fear to lead

Great leaders are the frontrunners; they set an example and a track for their team to follow. Brave leaders always put themselves in front, demonstrating the commitment and hard work that takes them to get a glorious victory.

2. They don’t devalue their relationships

As a leader the most valuable asset is your relations with coworkers. In order to achieve a difficult goal, a great leader supports others to achieve their objectives. They don’t try and replicate anyone else, even someone with lots of captivation.

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3. They don’t change their vision

A great leader has the vision and belief that any goal can be accomplished. They don’t made amendments in their vision, they motivate and use the command and energy to get it done. A leader’s role is to raise people’s ambitions for what they can become and to use their energies to achieve most difficult goals.

4. They don’t like thinking pessimistically

The best leaders are not concerned about who is right, but what is right. They not only motivate their coworkers, but also embrace their dissenting opinions. By being proactive and positive you can enable your team to achieve greater productivity.

5. They don’t think about work-life balance

Great leaders are mostly overachievers. That means their first priority is always work; it’s what they live for. They are not easygoing, fun-loving people, irresponsible who live for the weekend. They do what they love doing, and that’s work. That’s what makes them GREAT!

6. They don’t break commitments

Great leaders keep their commitments, no matter much it is difficult or it damages. Their commitments are not subject to change. They value their words and moralities above anything else.

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7. They don’t sit in judgment of others

Brave leaders possess firm faith in themselves and they are so self-confident that they don’t feel the need to condemn those who make hurdles or failed to perform. They are confident in their skills. They don’t waste their time in sheltering complaints or resentment.

8. They don’t look at the small picture

Great leaders think big; they are bold and take challenges. They reach for the impossible and look for that next big opportunity or challenge around the road.

9. They never stop asking questions

Bold leaders look forward to new things. They’re always in search of new mysteries; always want to learn more. Through questions, leaders search for the causes behind the problem and what solutions might work.

10. They don’t say “Never”

Outstanding leaders make things possible and accomplish the impossible. “Never” is a word that is not in their dictionary.

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11. They don’t fall

Great leaders always rise with pride; they find ways to deal with the situation. Anything can be achieved with the right attitude, if you have the right team and the right person leading the troop.

12. They don’t like to be a ruler

They guide and mentor others to follow them. They don’t put restrictions on others so that they feel they are living under a dictatorship.

13. They don’t live in fear

They don’t pay attention to the negative voices in their heads. They don’t let their fear stop them from taking risks. Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning

14. They don’t shy away from change

It’s not hard to identify a good leader, as they are the one who not only live outside their comfort zone whenever needed, but motivate others to do the same. They inspire and enable others to face challenges and learn new things.

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15. They don’t care about the platform

Great leaders don’t lead a platform they lead people. They care about the people around them not things. They recognize without great endowment and enthusiasm even the best strategy will fail.

16. They don’t make the same mistakes over and over

Strong leaders accept responsibility, hold themselves accountable for their performance and learn from their previous mistakes. Consequently, they don’t repeat those mistakes again and again. Instead, they move ahead and make better assessments in the future.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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