Leadership is something that can be learned. It’s not easy but possible, especially when the energy and desire is strong. Some people in leadership positions, especially when they are relatively fresh in the role, wonder how they can become better leaders. Where do you go, what do you read, who do you ask for help? The other circumstance for those who are at it a while longer is the frustration or lack of satisfaction you get when things don't work the way they should or you expect them to. There is a fundamental tendency to look for outside causes or reasons before looking at ourselves. Recently at a seminar in Ohio, Antonio Thorton said something very profound that fits really well for leaders and individuals in authority positions: "If you want to keep getting what you're getting, keep doing what' you're doing!" This goes for the performance results of your team members and those you lead, the work product, the participation in class, or during meetings, – pretty much every walk of life or work you encounter. If you really want to be the role model and the leader you are capable of, you need to ask yourself what you have been doing to cause the results you are getting. Gordon Selfridge summed it up like this: – The boss drives people; the leader coaches and mentors them – The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will – The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm – The boss says: "I"; the leader says "WE" – The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown – The boss says "Go"; the leader says "LET's Go!" In my experience there are two main areas to look at: 1. Skills – what you can do in which way to achieve results and let your strategy and vision become reality 2. Attributes – what kind of person do you exemplify and how do you behave as this person Skills is something you have learned and keep applying and refining. Most of the time your skills are not what causes the results to be as they are (unless you are in a profession that depends on your manual skills, like a carpenter, tile setter, etc.) Attributes is where it is. How ambitious are you? How much can you depend on yourself and those you lead? How much of a role model have you been, and most importantly, how clearly have the visions, strategies, and goals been developed and communicated among those from who you are getting what you're getting? One way to get more clarity is to conduct a TCC or “Talent Catalyst Conversation”. It’s a great, simple process that allows me to help leaders find answers and prepare them and their followers to achieve their goals. In case you are on the fence but still would like to get yourself on the path to success, try this: approach: "To get what you desire, change what doesn't work today!"