Monday, July 7, 2014

“Strive for Excellence to Stand Out as a Leader” - Professor M.S.Rao

“Putting pen to paper lights more fire than matches ever will.”— Malcolm Forbes

Most people work hard but fail to excel greatly in their lives. One of the reasons is focusing on others’ areas by ignoring their own areas of interests. People often follow high achievers and endeavor to enter into others’ areas without assessing their capacities. They ignore their hidden strengths and talents and blindly imitate others. In fact, what you must do is to find out your own passions and work in your areas of interest only with a focus and commitment rather than working in others’ areas of interest. It pays you in the long run.

People must justify their own professions to excel greatly in their lives. Recently I read an interview of Adam Bryant who is the journalist and columnist for The New York Times. He authored two books – ‘The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed’ and ‘Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation’. He has interviewed over 300 top CEOs to uncover predictable traits, themes, and threads among them. He understood what traits and experiences helped chief executives rise. While interviewing the chief executives, he found some common qualities connecting them. Here are some of them:
  • First is “passionate curiosity” which is the relentless questioning mind.
  • Second is “simple mindset” which is the ability to take a lot of complicated information and really boil it down to the one or two or three things that really matter, and in a simple way, communicate that to people.
  • Third is “battle-hardened confidence” which is that quiet confidence that you’ve faced down adversity before; that you’ve built a track record of overcoming adversity and working through tough situations.
  • Fourth is “team smarts” which is the organizational equivalent of street smarts. Other qualities include fearlessness, self-awareness, sweet spot between confidence and humility and honesty to name a few.

Adam followed his passions, enjoyed writing articles on chief executives, learned a lot and realized that there was a big audience for them. He is currently teaching leadership course in Columbia University and authoring his third book. As a journalist, he justified his profession, strove for excellence and earned a great name globally. Similarly, if you are an educator, you must justify your profession by sharing your knowledge with students. You will be recognized by your students about your passion, and you earn their goodwill and respect. Over a period of time, it spreads and you excel as an academic leader. This is applicable to all types of professions. Hence, you must work hard in your area of interest only and strive for excellence. Over a period of time, your work and worth will be noticed, and you stand out as a leader.  

“The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.” - Vincent Lombardi


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