When most people think of Attila the Hun, they think about the fact that he was one of the most feared people for the existing Roman Empire. Attila even crossed the Danube River twice and sacked the Balkans, but despite that success, he was never able to get to one of the capitals of the Roman Empire, Constantinople. He was even able to invade Italy and had planned future campaigns against the Romans, but Attila died before they could be implemented.
So what is the secret of Attila’s leadership success? It can be defined in two very basic traits.
First, Leaders Need To Be Smart
Sometimes a decision looks good on paper, but the reality of that decision doesn’t look so good when implementing it. Think about how Hitler tried to invade Russia to capture Moscow, right? That failed miserably for him because he didn’t adapt to circumstances and that’s what happens to leaders every day. That’s not to say that modern leaders are like Hitler, but it is to say that a leader must be able to think on their feet and adapt.
It means they must be smart and be willing to pull the plug on a good decision because the reality is that it’s a bad decision. They must organize themselves based on the existing talents of their team instead of expecting their team to be something they are not. They must evaluate each decision for outcomes and determine if any risks to achieve the outcome are worthwhile. The end goal must make sense, because if it does not, the decisions that happen in real time will not make sense at all.
Leaders Must Be Aggressive
Attila lead his Huns against the might of the Roman Empire because he felt it was necessary to the greater good of his people. That’s not what made him such a feared individual. The reason why Attila was so feared was because he was constantly aggressive in his tactics. Good leaders must be aggressive with the choices that are made because if they are not, another more aggressive leader will take over that team!
That doesn’t mean you need to be so aggressive that you burn your bridges and leave yourself no way to return if things don’t work out right. It means you need to have your eyes forward, your thinking forward, and always finding new ways to achieve the ultimate goal that you have in mind. Make the right choice, not the easy choice, on a consistent basis and you’ll see how fast being aggressive can pay off for you!
Is Your Leadership Style Like Attila the Hun’s?
No one expecting you to go off and conquer the Roman Empire, but being smart and aggressive can help you land the next contract. It can help you beat the next deadline. It might help you create something so spectacular that it lands you that big promotion you’ve been campaigning so long and hard to get! Focus on these two traits that Attila the Hun so deftly personalized and you’ll be able to conquer whatever comes your way.