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Roadmap to Excellence - The Insider Secrets Exposed

Tricia-Ann Smith DaSilva

April 13, 2015

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Highly successful persons have come from every conceivable upbringing, disposition and professional discipline. A number of modern day influencers did not achieve success without overcoming obstacles that forced them to work harder and show more determination than others. My recent undertaking is focused on self-transformation through participation in professional affiliations and immersing myself in positive thoughts through self-affirming healing conversations. However this way of thinking is not a new development for me. My first 90 days at work and its environs acted as the catalyst to this routine - the blueprint to "My roadmap to excellence". Small in stature that exudes self-belief established through observing the characteristics of executives and researching their professional backgrounds summarizes my early years.

Stories of the leading businesspersons tend to focus on intelligence and ambition. However the accomplishments of these individuals were outside standard experience and followed unexpected logic. The personalities of the successful may be diverse; however they all share a commitment to excellence and common personal characteristics. A number of these qualities that we may seek to improve on our path to self-transformation include:

    Vision: "You have to dream. You have to allow yourself to believe that anything you put your mind to is possible" -Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Leaders have vision that includes a perfect and thrilling notion of their objectives to become a transformational leader. Often it is where your focus goes that your energy flows.

    Credibility: In recent strategic planning sessions that I attended this month for professional affiliations, a key value that all executives agreed upon is integrity. The establishment of a reputation of trustworthiness developed from respect for the good character is priceless.

    Enthusiasm: A respectable front-runner is passionate about their work. Persons will react more willingly to an individual that displays commitment.

    Collaboration: The 80/20 rule applies here. Twenty percent of your people contribute to eighty percent of your outcome. Your capability to identify these individuals and then to collaborate with them is crucial to the smooth running of your development.

    Confidence: "Lions do not have to roar. There is power in silence, confidence and persistence. " - Les Brown. In order to lead the path, a leader should exude confidence. Such a team member inspires confidence in others and pulls out the conviction and best efforts of the team to complete the task well.

    Analytical thinking: A noble leader is able to think analytically through viewing a situation as a whole and also through breaking it down into sub sections for scrutiny. While keeping the objective in view, a leader can tackle it by creating manageable steps to facilitate success.

    Excellence: If you fail to plan then you definitely plan to fail. The commitment to excellence is a common attribute of leading executives. As we all know second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only upholds extraordinary standards, but also is pre-emptive in raising the bar in order to attain excellence.

The memoirs of most entrepreneurs are similar. In the Bible from the book of Genesis, Joseph was cast out by his family and sold into slavery. Through his own brilliance and vision, he became the pharaoh's right-hand man. The leader's job in inspiring personal transformation in others is vital. The more people you are able to positively influence, the more your influence and your success will grow.

About the Author
Tricia-Ann Smith DaSilva is a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers Jamaica and a Board Member of the American Board of Forensic Accounting.

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