In line with the theme of Leadership is a Habit, Fortune writer Geoff Colvin's recently published book "Talent is Overrated" takes a more direct approach to improving performance. He argues the one thing over all others that leads to improved performance is "deliberate practice". He describes how Goal Setting, Self Observation and Useful Feedback on Results are crucial to applying deliberate practice in a business environment.
Since we define leadership as setting goals and achieving desired results, it stands to reason in order to achieve these results on a sustained versus periodic level, leadership must be practiced. I believe his most telling observations lie in the two questions he says we all must ask ourselves before we invest in "deliberate practice". They are "What Do You Really Want?" and "What Do You Really Believe?"
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