Leadership: The 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Potential

As human beings we all have amazing potential.  Sadly over time many of us end up in a position where we get into a rut and a whole batch of our potential lies dormant. 

The question is do you want to be one of the 5% who do something about it?  In my experience, there are 10 keys to start the process of maximising your potential.

1. Take Responsibility

The first key is to take full responsibility for what does or does not happen.  Yes it is easy to produce a list of reasons why you are not doing as well as you would like professionally, personally, financial and in relationships.  Trouble is when you look for external circumstances to justify, all you do is keep yourself stuck

2. Get Clear on What You Want

You really have to choices here.  In first scenario, you can choose to muddle along in the fog and hope that you reach the right destination.  Alternatively, you can get clear on what you want and set specific goals to get the outcome you desire.

3. Believe In Yourself

Yes we all have our doubts and worries about ourselves.  This can either act as a motivator or disempower us.  Believing in yourself is not about being big headed, cocky or brash.  It is about being courageous and willing to do something to move yourself forward.  Whatever you do, don’t let fear be your marketing manager.

4. Believe In Your Product or Service

Whether you are single person business or a leader of a team, department, division or even a whole organisation, you need to believe in the products and services you offer.  Even in functional areas of a business like Accounting, you are providing a service.  You need to believe in that service and the benefits derived.

5. Set Targets and Milestones

Targets and milestones have three major benefits.  Firstly they let you see the progress that you are making.  Secondly they act as a source of motivation to keep you going.  Thirdly they provide the basis for taking corrective action if things are not going quite as you expected.

6. Act, Act, Act

The best laid plans are worthless unless you are willing to take regular and consistent action to make things happen.  Visualising, being open to receiving and aiming high is fantastic but if it is not supported by action it is like building a house on egg shells.

7. View Change Positively

Things are always changing.  What matters is how you respond to it.  People who are learners get curious and start to explore the possibilities.  The alternative is to stand on the platform when the train has already left the station and expect to get somewhere.

8. Focus On What You Do Best

Let’s face it we all like to think that we can do everything and I guess we all have fallen into that trap at one point or the other.  The truth is we all need to find out what we do best, focus all of our energies on those areas and get someone else to look after those things we don’t do so well.

9. Continually Develop

We all know how easy it is to focus on what we have to do now and forget about developing ourselves.  This is this fast road to staying exactly where you are right now for the long term. Decide to invest in yourself in whatever way works best for you, but do not rest on your laurels.

10. Give Yourself Permission

Give yourself permission to try things and occasionally get it horribly wrong.  By giving yourself that permission, you will take risks and that is what leads to results.

Through some simple steps, you can start unlocking your potential.  So where are you going to start?

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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