Trust and Excellence as Pillars of Leadership that today’s aspiring CEO’s, managers and executive leaders should pursue for optimal performance. In Part 3, we will introduce Prosperity as the third ingredient that plays a role in successful leadership. Understanding prosperity beyond the limited institutional perspective will help create awareness of the importance of personal prosperity and happiness associated with improved leadership performance. Beyond Institutional Prosperity Mention the word “prosperity” and you’ll likely illicit images of wealth, success and well-being. From an organizational perspective, when we talk about prosperity, it’s often within the context of finances, and how business needs to be profitable to prosper. However, it’s just as important for individuals to prosper personally as well. That means in the work environment as well as in our personal lives and more importantly, being happy with what we do. After all, how can you excel at something that you simply do not enjoy doing day in and day out? Additional important elements of prosperity are work/life balance, the need for positive, “prosperous” personal relationships, and living a healthy lifestyle that often far outweigh any financial or material success that we achieve. In this broader context, prosperity fosters growth, not only institutionally, just as importantly as a human being. Emotional and Intellectual Prosperity Leaders who embrace positive relationships build competencies through emotional and intellectual prosperity. Growing and nurturing positive aspects of business, including the people around you, creates a sense of personal fulfillment. Inner prosperity nurtures empowerment and helps good leaders become exceptional by mastering self-awareness, honesty, happiness, and growth on a variety of levels. For leaders, learning to build emotional and intellectual prosperity is the easiest way to get the most out of your assets and the biggest return on your investment. Personal prosperity is essential for optimal health, happiness and organizational productivity. From ethical leadership to conflict resolution to mentoring, with heightened prosperity, leaders soar.