...the fact is you’re mostly on your own.
Success is you doing your best to lead with whatever you have at hand. Be cautious of other people’s standards. Having an opinion is much easier than leading.
Let your definition of success come from within you, from your inner core. Yes, there are objective goals to be achieved, but they are effect, not cause. Yes, there are 'preferred' behaviors and attitudes, but without authenticity they're pitifully weak.
The real benchmark of success is the deeper knowledge within you, a deeper sense of certainty that, in this time and place, you are dealing with the truth of your situation to the best of your ability.
Your certainty, your truth, your ability… these are your inner qualities that build outer loyalty and performance. And when things don’t go as planned, they are there for your journey through the Valley of Disappointment.
Does your leadership work include preserving your certainty, discovering your truth and expanding your ability?
Remember, truth is not just a good 'feeling'.