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Leaders Create Breakthroughs: The Three Mandates of Leadership

Anthony Robbins 12-17

Leaders Create Breakthroughs: The Three Mandates of LeadershipLeadership is about progress: it’s the ability to make things happen, maximize resources and inspire. It’s the capacity to create an environment in which people thrive and results are achieved. It’s the extraordinary quality that solves problems and gets things done.

Ultimately, leadership is a choice. It’s a standard, a way of living and a cultivated skill—one found in C-suite executives, managers and moms alike, all around the globe. Leadership is the ability to influence the thoughts, feelings, behaviors and actions of those you lead. There are three fundamental traits that create the capacity to lead:


1. See things as they are, not worse than they are.

Great leaders tell themselves the truth. Unlike most people, however, they don’t dwell on their problems—they face them. They have the courage to meet their challenges head on, knowing that if they fall, they will just pick themselves up, re-assess and move forward. They don’t act without fear, they act in spite of it, taking the necessary risks to break through.

2. But seeing things as they are is not enough.

See things better than they are. Leaders bring forth a vision beyond the moment. They create a movement that inspires those around them to roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done. Whereas managers direct activity, leaders define the future and make it real.

3. Make things the way you see them.

Transforming your vision into reality requires strategy: incremental changes that amount to radical results. It’s not about the resources
available to you; it’s about maximizing your resourcefulness—your will, energy, creativity, courage, faith and determination—to achieve your goals.

In times of crisis, leaders are created. It’s when things seem difficult or impossible that we are challenged to become even more. Whether it’s in your business, career or finances, or with your kids, spouse or your health, you already have the capacity to transform the quality of your life, and the lives of those you care about. That’s the true spirit of leadership.

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