Driven: Competition vs. Ambition

Every once in a while someone helps you realize something that changes the way you think about yourself. This is exactly what happened when I was sitting across a guy I have a great deal of respect for at coffee the other day. We were talking about life, leadership and probably a little bit of what it looks like to love people well; the typical things we talk about when we get together. We were discussing the topic of drive in a leader. Every leader has to have it. It's one of those "indispensable qualities" that John Maxwell talks about in his books all the time. It's what get's things done. Drive moves people. It inspires.   There are two primary manifestations of your personal motivation: Competition & Ambition. Neither one is better than the other, they're just different and both motivate leaders to perform better and push their drive for success. Here are the differences between these two primary motivation theory's of driven leaders: (more…)