David Marquet - Intent Based Leadership: Create Leaders at Every Level

Leadership Nudge™ – Don’t Be Good, Get Better

One of our Intent-Based Leadership principles is “Don’t be good. Get better.” Why is that?

Don’t Be Good

When you want to be good, you’re often trying to prove task accomplishment or, sometimes, avoid appearing incompetent. You end up anxious, closed and defensive. You feel this ‘need’ to prove yourself.

Get Better

Getting better is an open, growth and learning orientation. We’re curious. We’re readily taking feedback and ultimately we get better.

If you get better at something by just 1% every month, in 6 years you’ll be twice as good at it.

The mindset is: “Don’t be good. Get better.”

Trying to “be good” crowds out the behaviors for getting better.

I’m David Marquet and that’s your Leadership Nudge.


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