As leaders, we often credit the esteem we have with others to our successes, our output, our wins. And while there is truth to that, the reality is that most leaders lose much more than they win—and that’s why they attract followers.  

No one can be excellent at everything.  Gifted leaders are extremely focussed about where they want to win and where they are willing to lose.

Responding to every opportunity, every request, every criticism, every acknowledgment of your shortcomings (perceived and real) is like trying to play four sports in one season while also getting a culinary degree and remodelling your bathroom.

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Andy Zimney is a Senior Advisor and Team Performance Coach at Employee Strategies, Inc., a boutique firm that partners with leaders to develop highly effective cultures that drive outstanding results. Contact ESInc to learn more about how they can assess your current culture and design customized and effective development experiences for your team. Or reach out to Andy directly.