Excellence in leadership is a comprehensive value that’s not easily defined – but you certainly know it when you see it.  Leaders who embrace excellence have an all-consuming desire to exceed expectations for their clients, customers, followers – and themselves.  

If you are a leader with excellence, you not only set high standards for your organization and teams, but you also demand and model excellence from yourself.   In fact, your “norm” is achieving superior results, and when you fall short, you quickly learn from your mistakes, seek feedback from those your respect, and course-correct. 

Examples of Excellence in leadership include:

  • Exhibiting high standards of excellence in your words, actions and behaviors
  • Setting realistic goals and providing the needed resources to achieve them
  • Building high-performing teams and a culture of exceeding expectations
  • Learning quickly from failures and resetting a course of excellence
  • Holding yourself and others accountable with consistency and clarity

“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.” -- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, scientist,11th President of India, and life & leadership author 

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.  Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

"Whatever your discipline, become a student of excellence in all things. Take every opportunity to observe people who manifest the qualities of mastery. These models of excellence will inspire you and guide you toward the fulfillment of your highest potential.” -- Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan, from Lessons from the Art of Juggling

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