Every successful leader, if he or she is to stand out and be effective, should have at least five to ten daily habits. One successful habit is reading. Every successful leader knows the importance of reading; reading improves memory, reduces stress and increases one’s writing skills.

Focusing on challenging tasks is another useful daily habit. Challenging tasks add to a leader’s skill base and provides additional self-confidence; self-confidence that helps a leader achieve goals. Most importantly, taking excellent care of your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health is a daily habit that propels a person to be healthy and successful.

Successful leaders also learn from people they admire. By consulting with other successful leaders, they can avoid mistakes and avoid being overly critical of their work.

Also, successful leaders also plan their day the night before. Knowing what you will be doing the night before will keep the following day more organized, and that means you will get more done. Successful leaders also keep their goals in front of them. By keeping one’s goals in mind, a person’s work will gravitate more towards completing those goals and more will be accomplished each day.

Keep in mind; a successful leader doesn’t wait to initiate action on a project; he or she takes action. Even though there are times when a project is nerve-wracking, leaders take action. Successful leaders do not take refuge in a comfort zone. Taking a risk is scary; however, taking a risk is a way to learn and grow.

Successful leaders also are courageous; they are people who can make difficult decisions and take the heat when things don’t go as planned. Most importantly, successful leaders have a passion for their work that is contagious. Those who work with them are often inspired by the passion that they see.

Successful leaders also have a humble attitude; they treat everyone, employees, and others as they themselves would like to be treated. Also, they are generous; they show equal praise to those who are also successful and doing their best for the company.

To conclude, every successful leader, if he or she is to stand out and be effective, should at least exhibit five to ten daily habits.


Ryan Krutzig is a seasoned sales and operations professional based in Minnesota. Read more of his leadership advice or check out his Twitter