Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.
~ Sophia Loren
I used to think that the school you went to and the degree you received really determined how successful you would be in your career. I no longer think that way. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big advocate for advanced education and believe it is important to open initial doors and establish a network. However, I have found that there are acquired leadership attributes to help accelerate career advancement. In addition to that faith in yourself, as Ms. Loren points out, I have witnessed the following six attributes truly sets you apart. I have ordered them in such a way to create the acronym, FACE IT, for easy recall.
Focus – The ability to keep the main thing the main thing.
Accountability – The ability to see it, own it, solve it, and do it.
Customer Driven – The ability to put the customer first.
Execution – The ability to get things done.
Innovation – The ability to convert new ideas into revenue and profits.
Teach – The ability to inspire.
When I speak to students on campus, I have found my discussion on the FACE IT attributes generates the most questions and positive feedback. I strive to develop these attributes in my own career. I encourage you to do the same. Anyone can FACE IT.
For the next six days I will devote my blog post to discussing each of these FACE IT leadership attributes. Tomorrow – the ability to FOCUS. Until then, choose greatness today.