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16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do

16 Things Truly Great Leaders Don’t Do

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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Last Updated on November 15, 2019

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems, why?

What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

The Biology

Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

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The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

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The Psychology

Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

1. Identify Your Habits

As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

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It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

3. Apply Logic

You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

4. Choose an Alternative

As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

5. Remove Triggers

Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

6. Visualize Change

Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

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For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

Final Thoughts

Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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