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Lolly Daskal


The One Quality Every Leader Needs to Succeed

Seek and ye shall find

Published: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:40

If you are going to be a leader or hold a leadership position, there’s one quality you absolutely require to be successful. You need to be a seeker.

A seeker is someone who is always searching. Seekers bypass mediocrity and are not content to settle for the status quo. They search for excellence with integrity and character.

To be a great leader, commit to seeking in everything you do.

Seek your true character. Leadership grows from character. Don’t be concerned with your reputation; instead, clarify your character, because your character is what you truly are, and your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Seek your unique qualities. Don’t be trapped by the dogma of other people’s thinking. Work to discover and develop your own unique gifts and qualities and let them lead you to the kind of contribution that only you can make.

Seek the truth. Any form of dishonesty—distorting facts, false impressions, conscious misleading—harms your leadership. Work to discover the truth in every situation and speak always with honesty and candor.

Seek your own core values. Change is inevitable in business, in events, in the culture, and in the people around you. Through it all, hold firm to the unchanging strength of your core values. When you do, you can challenge yourself in tough times, be courageous in fearful times, and make a difference when it matters most.

Seek to trust and to be trusted. Great leaders know there’s nothing more important than creating trust. Trust should be central to everything you do and every relationship you enter into. Seek trust in every action and every word.

Seek a compelling vision. As a leader, you are responsible for creating a culture in which people are inspired to work together toward something bigger than themselves. Seek your compelling vision so you can share it with those who will be with you on the journey.

Seek to share your knowledge. All the knowledge in the world is of little use if you don’t share it and use it in ways that help others. Cultivate the skills that will help you better serve, teach, mentor, and lead.

Seek forgiveness. For many leaders the phrase, “I’m sorry” doesn’t come easily, but it is the leader who can apologize and seek forgiveness who has true power. Seek to let go of your own anger, move past what hurts, and look to make things right.

Seek something bigger than yourself. Living is about losing yourself to find yourself. The greatest rewards come when you seek a way to give of yourself. It’s about bettering the lives of others, being part of something bigger than yourself and making a positive difference.

What you do as a leader is one thing; what you seek as a leader is another.

When you are a seeker you are constantly looking for new ways of doing old things, trying to find how you can make things better not only for you but for everyone around you.

If you can have just one quality as a leader, be a constant seeker.

First published on Lolly Daskal’s Lead From Within blog.


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Lolly Daskal

Lolly Daskal is one of the world’s most sought-after executive leadership coaches, with cross-cultural expertise spanning 14 countries, six languages, and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world. Based on a mix of modern philosophy, science, and nearly 30 years coaching executives, Daskal’s perspective on leadership continues to break new ground. Her proprietary insights are the subject of her book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness (Penguin Portfolio, 2017).