Monica Wofford, CSP, is a leadership development expert and author of Contagious Leadership and newly released, Make Difficult People Disappear.

Are you feeling lucky? It’s no roll of the dice, but because you’ve paid the price.

Quit thinkin’ it cuz I know where your head is…however, I also know that some leaders appear to have the “Midas touch” and have it so easy. They seem to be lucky in how they hire, how they make their numbers, and how they build their network. How can you learn from what they do to get lucky, too? Here are three key behaviors that will help.

Hire Right

It is no secret that many a manager in corporate America uses the “Fog the Mirror” test to determine proof of life and thus, the most common candidate qualification. “Lucky” leaders listen in an interview. They pay attention to what’s not being said. They look at the bigger picture and assess how this person will fit into the team. They look not only at qualifications, but innate talents and skills. They take the time to really learn if this person is a fit and resist the urge to check off “fill vacancy” on their list. That’s not luck, it’s leadership.

Numbers Need People

While not every day may not be worthy of a Hallmark card, people produce the numbers. Those leaders who look “lucky” know this and focus their attention on the folks who make the magic happen. They give them the training and development they need. They spend extra time with them when they’re new to avoid micromanaging them later when they’re lost. They listen when there’s a problem and pay attention to what they do well more often than what they haven’t done. They limit the gossip because they cultivate open and honest feedback loops. Their success isn’t luck, it’s because they are seen as a good leader and employees want to follow and do well for a good leader.

Networks Don’t Come to You

If your network is sparse or out of touch, it can appear as if there is a tall mountain in front of you that needs climbing. Much as the saying goes, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammed, then Muhammed must go to the mountain”, the same is true for you. Networks don’t reach out to find you. They don’t show up on your doorstep. They are responsive to your reach and your efforts to connect and cultivate. Build your network by being interested and by helping others get what they need. One person at a time you will build your network that you can then reach out to for new hire recommendations, advice on best practices, time to vent, brainstorming, and business building. It’s not luck when someone is well connected, it’s because they’ve led the effort to make a connection.

It may appear as if that leader colleague of yours is just “lucky” on the surface. The reality is their actions are likely different than yours. The truth is if you want more of the luck, you have to do more of the work.

Have a great Monday, an even better week and of course, stay contagious!

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