Competitiveness is defined as tenacity, boldness, assertiveness and a willingness to win in all situations. Naturally competitive people have a leadership edge in the professional world because the world is a competitive place. Those who aren't so inclined often feel left behind their more tenacious counterparts.
So are less competitive people destined to be second class leaders? Absolutely not. For the less driven at heart, competitiveness can be learned. And as with all strengths, being competitive has its drawbacks too.
We all have our issues.
I know all too well that being competitive can be both a virtue and a vice. My parents can tell you stories of my temper tantrums as a little girl when losing at miniature golf, bowling, and board games on family game night. My competitive nature has caused many a frustration in me and those around me, but it has also been the source of my greatest successes in life and in leadership.
When harnessed properly, competitiveness can result in sustained progress toward a goal. Competitive people are:
- able to clearly see and define goals
- instinctively appreciative of competition and the associated reward for winning
- able to see critical path elements toward reaching goals
- willing to learn new skills and adapt attitudes.
How competitive are you? Do you make everything a win-lose type of game or do you rarely "keep score" because it just doesn't matter? If you don't know, ask your friends about yourself. They WILL know. Or, contact me for help with an assessment tool to help you develop that leadership edge. I love to help people win.
Tips for Developing Competitiveness
- Define three main goals in both your personal and professional life. Plan three action steps for each goal and follow them through to completion.
- Learn to lose. How can you acknowledge that your time to "win" is further down the road? How might this change your attitude about a current "loss"?
- Thoughtfully answer the following: Why do I deserve success? What can I do to be more deserving of success?
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