Practicing self awareness and identifying your behavior strengths will help you manage your behavior choices and help you to form effective collaborations. These are the key steps to becoming an influential and effective leader. Achieving the goal of effective leadership requires daily practice of managing yourself well within your behavior strength domain. This requires the motivation to change and acknowledging through self-awareness how your behavior impacts others around you. Then use your behavior strengths to know why it is you choose to behave the way you do. Knowing all of this, you now have to make a conscience choice to change those areas you discover about yourself that our hindering your effectiveness. We have all recognized that leadership is not simply a buzzword but an action, being an active participant in the management of others and organizations. Change is rarely welcomed; it makes us uncomfortable because it forces us to make a conscience effort to do something different. Change forces us out of our comfort zones and long held standard practices and mental models. In effectively leading others we must acknowledge as Jim Collins said that “good is the enemy of great.” We cannot create great organizations and become great leaders if we are unwilling to change those elements of our behavior that we accept as good enough.
Influential leadership is a full time, daily pursuit. Peak performers are committed not only to their success but to the success of others. They support and encourage others around them and do what they can to help them achieve their goals and succeed in the pursuit of their mission. Once we have understood through self-awareness how we impact others, and through identifying our behavior strengths, why we behave they way we do, we must be empowered with a purpose, a motivation to change. John Maynard Keyes said, “that the hardest thing is not to get people to accept new ideas; it is to get them to forget the old ones.” If you want to become an influential leader, you must change the elements of your behavior that may be “good enough” but are holding you back from great personal and professional achievement.