Berger Leadership Blog

May 13, 2016

Avoiding pitfalls on the path to success


We all have the ability to ensure our own success. It involves making good decisions, cultivating healthy habits and working hard.

Unfortunately, the reverse is also true. One misstep along our path to success can have devastating consequences.

Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas, lists in a recent post 12 self-sabotaging behaviors good leaders avoid. Her list includes:

- Limiting oneself to others’ definitions of success. Success doesn’t stop at money or fame. Truly successful people understand that real success includes investing in others and making a difference.

- Losing sight of one’s goals. Good leaders know you can’t please everyone, so they aren’t swayed by others’ expectations.

- Succumbing to boredom. There is no room for complacency in someone striving to be really successful.

- Thinking you can do it all. While a good leader knows their strengths, they also know their weaknesses. Successful people surround themselves with those who can fill the gaps.

- Living in the past. Good leaders apologize for mistakes and move on – taking steps to ensuring the mistake won’t happen again.

- Thinking you are in it only for yourself. For successful leaders, “service to others is at the heart of everything they do,” Gottsman says.

The other pitfalls are listed here. Can you think of any to add?

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