There is only one way to achieve leadership excellence. There is only one way to become an excellent leader. That one way, the only way, is through consistent, continuous, focused, deliberate practice.
Excellent leaders learn leadership excellence in only one way… deliberate practice. Not just practice, practice, practice… but consistent, continuous, focused, and deliberate practice.
Sonia Simone, co-founder and CMO of Copyblogger Media wrote the following in a recent blog:
- “Deliberate Practice is designed to improve performance. Your practice needs to be hard enough to get you out of your comfort zone, but not so hard that it’s totally out of your grasp. If you keep doing what you already know how to do, you don’t get significantly better.
- Deliberate Practice can be repeated. And repeated. And repeated. Make a decision about the realm you want to master, and then focus your time there.
- Deliberate Practice constantly refers back to results-based feedback. What matters is that you test, tweak, and keep reworking to become better.
- Deliberate Practice takes significant mental effort. If your work isn’t fully engaging your brain, it’s not Deliberate Practice.
- Deliberate Practice is structured around smart goals. As you meet each goal, celebrate, then set a new one a little further out. Notice how this pulls you right back to #1 again.”
Leadership excellence in all about consistently engaging in deliberate practice.
What about your practice of leadership excellence? Is your practice consistent, continuous, focused and deliberate?
Leadership excellence is worth the time, effort and price. After all, Leadership Excellence is truly The Ultimate Strategy for Success!