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What’s key to your leadership success? Good character, yes! Integrity, yes! Humility, yes! But what else?

3-Principles-That-Will-Increase-Your-Leadership-SuccessCore to every accomplishment is effective leadership. So our attitude towards leadership development is important if we want to continue making an impact in the lives of others.

Knowing what helps us to be more effective in our leadership results in greater success. So in this post I offer three principles, that when applied, will grow your capacity to lead well.

Once read, let me know what you think and also what you’d add.

1. Know yourself

Our success is impacted largely by who we associate and work with, and key to leadership success, is a willingness to recognise areas of weakness.

This self-awareness positions us to know where we need support in the accomplishment of our goals.

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things.” Mother Teresa

Good leaders know that they’ve limited knowledge, skill, resources, energy and time, so they commit to working with others.

Daniel Priestly, in his book Entrepreneur Revolution, describes it as, ‘smart people being the ones that surround themselves with smarter people.’

The wise leader knows that the degree to which they succeed is dependent on who they surround themselves with.

2. Break the rules

Our leadership success will depend on our willingness to tread new paths, pioneer, buck the trend, and on occasion, break the ‘rules’.

But breaking rules isn’t about being unethical or maverick, its about being prepared to break convention. And this can sometimes simply be, not meeting the expectations of others.

It’s rare that we achieve something momentous by doing the norm, fitting in, or settling for the status quo.

In fact, its when we follow the call on our hearts, and step beyond our comfort zones, that we experience growth.

Leaders who want to be successful in accomplishing their goals, must be willing to follow their heart, take steps of faith, and break from the pack when needed.

3. Don’t be afraid to fail

Leaders learn to embrace failure, and develop a growth mindset, which enables them to process failure differently.

They understand that each failure, when considered an opportunity to learn and improve, is in fact an opportunity for increased personal growth and progress.

Why? Because they know that when they stop failing or making mistakes, it’s a sign that they’ve become stagnant, and worst still, comfortable.

Failure is important to our success because it nudges us towards continued self-awareness and growth.

The wise leader knows that being fearful of failure will cripple their chances of success.


There are of course other factors that determine the measure of a leaders success, but every experience of growth will be in direct correlation to the degree in which these principles are applied.

Here’s a reminder of what they are:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Break the rules
  3. Don’t be afraid to fail

Over to you

What other principles would you add to the list? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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