5 simple steps to better leadership in the New Year
Friday, January 09, 2015
We all make New Year resolutions in our personal life, but what about our professional life? Do leaders need to make resolutions?
Being a leader should not necessarily entail resolutions, but rather establishing goals. So how does a leader come up with these goals?
1. Define goals
- Write down your goals. This may sound simple, but it's often overlooked.
- Block out time to think about what is important for you to focus on.
- Ask important questions. These will help determine your goals.
2. Make a commitment
- Being committed is important, for this will help you in being accountable to not only yourself but also others.
- Have an action plan. This can be weekly, biweekly or even monthly. Charting what you would like to accomplish makes it more of a reality.
- Engage others. Look to a trusted friend to help in making sure you are following through.
3. Prepare for setbacks
- No matter how well you may plan your goals, be prepared for setbacks.
- Revise your goals as required to work around problems that may arise.
- Do not beat yourself up if there is a snag. Keep it positive. Negativity can seep into your organization and can undermine what you are trying to accomplish.
4. Enjoy the ride
- As you progress through the year, reassess the initial goals and determine what are your new priorities.
- Take time each week to hone your goals.
- The action plan should be revised to fit any changes in your goals.
5. Involve others
- As a leader, you will focus your goals on how to make the organization better.
- In addition to involving a trusted friend, get others across the organization to help you.
- By providing the initial goals, you have provided a vision for the year ahead. Let others help push through this vision, and this will produce a more cohesive environment.
Finally, goal setting is not done in a day and then put on a shelf. Goal setting is providing a vision for an organization to follow. It is decisiveness — take action, and it will go a long way.
John F. Kennedy said it best: "There are risks and costs to a program of action, but they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."
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