Great leadership starts with leading an organization of one
Leadership is an energy intensive endeavor. One of the primary reasons for allowing unsolved problems to be swept under the carpet is the lack of energy of the leader. It is imperative to sustain the appropriate levels of energy to intercept entropy at its earliest stages.
The disciplines most commonly associated with fueling your energy often involve diet, exercise and sleep habits. Beyond these practices, build into your schedule opportunities to engage in things that put wind in your sails. What are the activities that energize you, and ignite your curiosity and passion? Below are some practices that you may want to be sure your calendar allows time to proactively pursue;
- Reading: Helps you think bigger thoughts
- Travel: Helps you see a bigger world
- Networking: Helps you learn from other businesses
So much business literature will reference the all important aspect of “PASSION.” There is no argument that passion is essential to effective leadership. Passion is the natural reservoir of energy that propels a leader forward in the face of adversity. However, at times it is critical to practice the discipline of being “dispassionate.”
The discipline of being dispassionate allows a leader to protect the environment from becoming toxic, and engaging in the wrong battles. A leader should fuel their energy by investing in their passion, but keep things from running off the rails by not pouring gas on a volatile situation. Below are few techniques that you can practice in advance to promote appropriate dispassion;
- Ask Questions
- Define the problem
- Spend more time on solutions
- Take deep breaths before speaking
Every teenager wanting a driver’s license has read a copy of the book; “Rules of the Road.” Unfortunately, once we graduate from grade school there are no qualifying tests to ensure we have a license to speak. The most commonly used tool in the arsenal of a leader is their words. Far too often we lack the right words at the right time. Why wouldn’t the wise leader make time to practice the discipline of focusing our words for the greatest amount of impact?
The discipline of crafting or outlining scripts for crucial situations will assist in making sure that the words that flow from your mouth achieve the purpose of the right words at exactly the right time. Below are various scenarios that a leader will encounter and being prepared in advance with a script or outline is a wonderful exercise in self-leadership:
- Vision: A brief outline that calibrates key players on the vision of the organization
- Conflict: A brief outline that defuses hostility and allow people to work the problem
- Correction: A brief outline that identifies problem behavior and promotes improvement
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