Woody Allen is famously credited with the expression:
80% of success is showing up.
There is some good news and bad news about showing up.
Bad news first…
It’s hard to fix tardiness, a poor wardrobe choice, or a lack of preparation at a moment’s notice:
- Oversleep or miss your bus – you can’t turn back time. Yes, you can postpone the job interview or profusely apologize, but the reality is that you’re late and you probably won’t land that gig.
How have we come to think that someone can become a great leader without being controversial or upsetting at times?
Leadership is a tough, often isolated role.
The leader must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some. Not every leader is up to this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.
“Most people are deeply scripted in what I call the Scarcity Mentality. They see life as having only so much, as though there were only one pie out there. And if someone were to get a big piece of the pie, it would mean less for everybody else.” – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
I’ve spent considerable time thinking about and studying the concepts of scarcity and abundance. I wanted to understand how abundant leaders think, but also how they behave. My efforts yielded 8 behaviors of truly abundant leaders. Collectively, these behaviors are not only the indication of a truly abundant leader, they are more often than not the sign of a genuinely happy and effective one.