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Are the leaders in your organization talkers or doers?

SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 170,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Are the leaders in your organization talkers or doers?

  • They’re all action: 8.18%
  • They’re some talk, more action: 28.31%
  • They’re mostly talk with some action: 47.79%
  • They’re all talk: 15.72%

Less talk. More do. It’s not a big surprise to see we face the challenge of more talkers than doers. Being a doer is challenging. It takes energy, a willingness to take risk and consistent focus and drive. The thing is doers are the ones who make our organizations better. The three distinguishing characteristics of all doers are risk, focus and execution. If you can master those arenas, you’ll definitely be getting things done.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”