Leadership is…Studying Successful Patterns.
The opening sentence to Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina reads, “All happy families are alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” I’ve met a lot of very different happy families, and I have to agree—each happy family is successful in exactly the same way. They’ve learned to treat each other well. They’ve discovered principles for living in families that elevate their daily life beyond what it would be otherwise.
What is Tolstoy teaching us with this statement? I believe he’s indicating that there is only one pattern for success. Every un-happy family is unhappy in a different way, but why? Because you can fail in infinite amount of ways. The study failure could go on forever. Life can be like a field of land mines: you’ll never know where all of them are, but you can know where they’re not.
What does this teach us? The principles of success will always be the same and they can always be used. Study successful people! If you want to win you just need to study the winners. Focus on the ones that win. Study the successful people you’ve met in your life. And read about the lives of successful leaders. As you study, patterns will emerge. Implement these patterns into your life, and you can be successful too.