Is leadership all about Attitude or Aptitude?

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There have been countless debates about which is more important, someone’s aptitude or his attitude? Although it is true that even if one possesses the talent, his accomplishments will be restricted if he does not maintain a confident “can-do” attitude, the mere ownership of a great attitude without the basic skills also results in less than stellar performance and results.

For more than half a decade, I have been handling people with various educational levels, abilities, talents, attitudes, and personalities in numerous areas. What I understood is, most people just want to know “how to get it done.” While it is absolutely easier to train someone who has a commanding attitude than it is to train someone who is somewhat negative, unless the individual is simultaneously trained in the required skills required to perform, results are slightly limited.

I generally start my pieces of training by urging attendees to want to learn and become the best they can be. I always devoted quite a bit of time to learning about where the audiences are coming from and their goals, needs, and desires. I always enquire what they hope to accomplish or come out of my events with. Many coaches make the mistake of assuming what others want or believe, or their attitudes, so I think that once I create and establish an improved, enhanced attitude, I can then greatly train them in the obligations of the position they are genuinely”prepped” for.

Someone maintaining a great attitude enters into something thinking it can be done and they can handle any obstacles. Conversely, someone who is negative sees barriers as problems instead of challenges and often addresses issues from a fear-driven perspective. After all these years, I have resolved that anyone who genuinely recognizes where they are, who they are, and where they want to be can be brought up to at least a good attitudinal perspective. However, unless someone wants to address attitude issues, there will generally be no change and thus no growth. These naysayers do not understand that they are often their own most damaging enemies. Even if they attend various programs, there will be no improvement or change in them unless they choose to improve.

Too many coaching programs end after the attitude adjustment exercises and discussion. I believe, however, that it is simply the appetizer to the entree, which is developing necessary skills. Improving aptitude entails learning and understanding the need to get better, being open-minded not to believe they already know it, and perpetrating learning. There are various skills needed, and each must be understood, taught, repeated, built upon, and drilled in a practical, step-by-step approach.

Efficient leadership and any type of possible task and action require addressing both of these obligations. Merely advancing one’s “head” is insufficient, as are learning skills but not employing them to the optimum degree. All of us can continually improve if we decide to do whatever is necessary, in an organized manner and using a fool-proof plan.

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