Why You Need Leadership Habits

August 8, 2017

Lift Your Lead in 200 words*


Why You Need The Habits of Leadership
Richard Leslie Parrott, Ph.D.

To improve your decision making you must focus, think, concentrate, and do your best to make a better decision. To improve the implementation of your decisions, develop a pattern of automatic responses: The Leadership Habits. Decision-making pushes you toward action; habits follow through with action.

Alfred North Whitehead, an American philosopher, observed in 1911, “Civilization advances by extending the number of operations we can perform without thinking about them.” Let me paraphrase: Your leadership effectiveness advances by extending the number of leadership operations you can perform without thinking about them.

Bill Walsh, the coach of the San Francisco 49ers, said it well: “The less thinking people have to do under adverse circumstances, the better. When you are under pressure, the mind can play tricks on you. The more primed and focused you remain, the smoother you can deal with out-of-the-ordinary circumstances.”

Most leadership decisions come under pressure and ambiguous circumstances. Implementing your decisions requires that you remain attentive and ready to respond with positive leadership behaviors that move your decision toward action. This is the purpose of developing good leadership habits.


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About the Author:

Dr. Richard Leslie Parrott is a Professor of Education at Trevecca Nazarene University. He teaches classes at the Masters and Doctoral level in Leadership and Research. At Trevecca he is also the Director of C.L.E.A.R. – The Center of Leadership Effectiveness and Renewal.