Roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
This lesson encompasses an important skill all should learn and internalize – weigh action items and prioritize according to a set of metrics for both tangible and intangible returns.
Leverage is only one piece of the leadership equation. Leaders should strive to:
- Think in the now and in the future. Know and work toward their dream while also prioritizing action for results today.
- Create a space for people to grow and stretch. The uncomfortable is where magic happens – we realize more than we thought possible. Ugliness and tactlessness (or just plain work with oodles of errors) tends to be hidden, unless a strong sense of trust exists.
- Choose a “move forward” point. Ideas in theory, no matter how well thought out … are still just theories until launched. Real-world experience creates more knowledge and opportunity. At some point, a leader will just say GO.
Work, sometimes very difficult work, is necessary. But fascination with the process; desire to serve others; and contribution to community make every minute worth the effort. Lead by example.
As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. ~Andrew Carnegie