“To be able to lead others, you must first know how to lead yourself. The first step to becoming a great leader is self-knowledge”.
IESE Prof. Santiago Álvarez de Mon
6. Be patient
All success requires hard work, sacrifice and time. Results are frequently only obtained in the long term. Don’t be in a hurry: give yourself time to think and reflect, to formulate questions and to look for answers.
7. Find a good mentor
In many cases, a mentor is an essential figure for the most talented to find their path and develop their full potential. Accompanied by a good mentor that guides you and encourages you to keep improving, your professional career will have no limits.
8. Be humble
Don’t believe that you are better than others, and don’t think that you are irreplaceable. Humility is a fundamental quality for an executive; it allows you to manage success, pick yourself up after a fall, question and discover talent.
9. Take charge of your decisions
Personal attitude is decisive when it comes to facing life’s events and challenges. Faced with any event or circumstance, you can react in a mechanical and impulsive manner, or choose a response guided by observation, reflection and mastery of the situation. Deciding which attitude to embrace is a major decision and depends entirely on you.
10. Always ask yourself questions
Questions are not dangerous, nor is doubt necessarily destructive. Paradoxically, those who knows, ask; those who understand, listen. Asking yourself questions is the way to continue getting to know yourself and finding out what’s changing within you.
Discover the 13 questions to find out if you are a good leader.
If you’re looking for personal development that allows you to grow professionally, in the IESE Executive Education programs you will find your greatest ally. With its courses, you can improve your executive abilities, optimize your knowledge and develop your leadership skills.