Leaders Go Above and Beyond – They Go the Extra Mile!
Leaders understand the need to give something extra, above and beyond what’s expected. Success for a leader resides on the other side of what’s expected. If a leader is satisfied with what’s expected in results or performance, he can never expect to lead his people past average results.
Your people will use you as a barometer to determine how much they are willing to give. If you give average efforts, your people will feel justified in giving average efforts as well. However, if you give above-average efforts, your people will notice and before long, you will see that they are giving more than expected as well. Call it competitiveness, human nature or whatever – people will perform commensurate to what they perceive others are doing – especially the leader!
The key is to identify what the expectation is…and then figure out how to exceed it. You will be surprised at the results! You will marvel at how, by stepping your game up, your people will slowly, but surely start to step their games up as well… and exceed expectations.
Napoleon Hill, of Think and Grow Rich fame, stated that, “…there are no traffic jams on the extra mile.” The extra mile is the road less traveled and the road that leaders must get on and stay on.