How to Operate at the Top of Your Game

Like all leaders, sometimes you're "on," and sometimes you're not. To tip the scale toward excellence and away from mere competence, don't imitate other leaders or pore over leadership manuals. Instead, tap into your deepest values and instincts. How? Before every crucial conversation, decision, or meeting, ask yourself four questions: (1) What result do I want to create? (2) What are my core values -- and is my behavior aligned with them? (3) Have I committed to the collective good in my organization, even at personal cost? (4) What signals am I seeing in the environment that suggest the need for change?

Today's Management Tip of the Day was adapted from the HBR article, "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," by Robert E. Quinn.

By washingtonpost.com Editors  |  August 25, 2008; 7:00 AM ET  | Category:  Management Tip of the Day
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