When it comes to leadership, talk really is cheap. People do not want to hear words; they want to see results. Politicians are an easy target on this topic, but they provide such excellent material and serve as a perfect example of how some “leaders” spend too much time talking (way too much, actually) and not enough time doing. Don’t talk to me about how great you are and how amazing your plan is — show me through your actions.
“I never worry about action, but only inaction.” -Winston Churchill
Anyone can talk about what they are going to do. But great leaders act upon what they say they are going to do. They move things ahead by taking decisive action. They might make mistakes along the way, but they continue to take action, and this is the key to their success. It’s also the key to earning the respect of those they lead.
Leaders need to have a bias for action. There is a time and place for analysis, deliberation, and planning, but leaders must consistently have a mindset for getting things done and moving their organizations ahead. As Bill Hybels often says, “leadership is about getting people from here to there.” This can only happen through taking decisive, intentional action on a consistent basis.
Where are you on this topic? Do you have a lot of plans and ideas for what you are going to do? Instead of just talking about these plans and ideas, decide right now what specific actions you need to take today in order to make them become reality. Then act.
“Action is the foundational key to all success.” -Pablo Picasso
“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” -Benjamin Disraeli
“The path to success is to take massive, determined action.” -Tony Robbins
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhart