We want leaders who get stuff done! Executing, getting results, creating value, and driving change are the hallmarks of leaders today. Those who achieve dramatic results AND accomplish them in the right way (building people and creating lasting value) – are guided by a clear and authentic philosophy of leadership.
This is NOT done by picking, choosing and mashing together the most popular bits from the latest leadership theories, it’s through developing your own personal, authentic philosophy and at the core, are your values and beliefs.
Having, and being able to clearly articulate (e.g., in 3 minutes on the whiteboard!), helps you focus your efforts and fine tune your personal interactions. It is the guiding light during your darkest hours, and an insurance for your colleagues, that you will respond and behave in a consistent, effective, and predictable way…avoiding threat response in the people around you and making great decisions for you and your team!
A coach or thinking partner can provide the space and reflection time for you to develop your personal leadership philosophy. Here is a starting point…
Whatever role you play in your organisation, spending a few minutes answering these questions and crafting your personal philosophy of leadership will yield exponential rewards.
You will achieve the right results in the right way, and will skilfully navigate the pressures, temptations and frustrations of day-to-day business operations and leave the leadership legacy you can be proud of!
Contact Michelle now if you or your team see value in taking the time to create and articulate YOUR leadership philosophy.
We all know that setting goals for ourselves is a good thing. We all do it (mostly in the form of New Year’s Resolutions), and we then pretty much go about doing things the way we always have – that is, fall back into our comfort zone and our habitual ways of doing things.
Goal….’I will only drink on weekends’…then at 6.30 pm Monday on the dot, miraculously that wine glass is filled and halfway consumed before we remember the goal we had set. Then, of course, we are not going to pour it down the sink, so we will start that one …..tomorrow…..Sound familiar?
The part of our brain that stops or ‘inhibits’ our habitual brain messages is the pre-frontal cortex or PFC. It is our Executive Brain, the one in control of our higher-level thinking, our decisions and our conscious actions. Sadly, it is the part of our brain that is most fickle. It tires easily, and doesn’t like to work very hard.
You can increase the capacity of your PFC to ‘inhibit’ through brain training, and therefore help you brain to stick to your goals. Training your brain…ie, brain fitness…can provide you (over time) with a sharper memory, faster brain processing, improved focus, better self-control and better emotional control! That sounds like a good way to get ready for 2014!
Try this brain training activity….
- As a leader, what do you most value when things are going well?
- As a leader, what do you most value when the chips are down?
- What is the contribution you want to make as a leader?
- What makes you distinct as a leader?
- What do you believe about people?
- How do you want to treat people to get the best from them?
- How do you best influence others?
- What do you do to continually build your leadership capacity?
- What do you expect from people, and what can they expect from you?
- What do you want your leadership legacy to be?