The second point involves planning, and how a good plan efficiently executed trumps a great plan that came too late. Many companies and their leaders wait until they believe they have the “perfect” plan before deciding to move forward. This is a mistake, perfection is hard to come by in any situation, let alone in an ever changing and ever growing business world. It is much more effective to take the lean startup approach and produce your minimum viable product, get it out to the market, and see what the outcome is. Same goes for making leadership decisions, come to a decision, execute that decision as aggressively and flawlessly as possible. Then learn, adapt, and grow from there. I believe Steve Blank said it best “no business plan survives first contact.”
Be a leader of purpose, a leader of action, and others will flock to you. You don’t become a leader by having followers, instead you grow, train and perfect your leaderships abilities, and followers will find you.