They’re only a few days left before the New Year, and I’m sure by now most of you have set your business goals in place for the New Year, as well as your calendars for all the great things you aspire to accomplish. But in all your planning, I’m hoping that you took a moment to stop and get some understanding as it relates to your role as a Leader. Understanding who you are as a Leader is the key to moving you from the place of reactionary leading to Purposeful and Intentional Leadership.
Here are 5 things you should consider as you prepare for the coming year.
LEARN YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE
The advantage to learning your leadership style is that you understand your personal strengths and weaknesses when it comes to leading SELF and leading others. Your leadership style defines your values and perspective, and being aware of it will enhance your communication with those you work and interact with on a regular basis. But here’s the key, TRUE Leaders are not bound to one leadership style, but are able to effectively move among the varying styles in order to fit the situation at hand. So learn your dominant style, but also spend time learning the other different styles and how they may apply to you.
TEST YOUR EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
No two personalities are alike. We all have different wants and needs, and different ways of expressing our emotions. Knowing how to personally navigate through this is the first step to personal and professional success.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize your emotions, understand what they're telling you, and realize how your emotions affect people around you. It also involves your perception of others: when you understand how they feel, this allows you to manage relationships more effectively.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test is by far the most popular personality test out there; however I encourage you to seek out other tests that may also fit your needs.
(If you would like, The Leadership Haven has a condensed version of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test and am willing to share upon request.)
IMPROVE ON YOUR IMAGE
Your image is far more than just how you look, dress, smile, or interact. It includes everything about you, around you, and inside of you. Here are just a few places to start:
- Make an effort to correct some of the negative images others may have of you. For me, because of my introverted personality, I can appear a little standoffish. This is not what I want, so I’ve learned to smile more, lean in when others are speaking to me, and make better eye contact.
- Change the way you think about yourself. We are often our biggest hindrance – so deal with YOU immediately. Simply, if you won’t allow others to talk down to you – then don’t tolerate it from yourself.
- Ask for feedback from others. Usually others will see things that you don’t and may be able to provide you some practical steps to improve on your image.
EVALUATE YOUR CIRCLES
According to John Maxwell, “A leader’s Potential is determined by those closest to Him. Nobody does anything great alone, nor do leaders succeed alone. What makes the difference is the leader’s inner circle.” A “CIRCLE” is defined as a group of people with shared professions, interests, or acquaintances. The Leadership Haven believes there are three (3) unique “CIRCLES” that every leader should pay attention to:
- INNERMOST CIRCLE
- INNER CIRCLE
- THEIR CIRCLE
Your “INNERMOST CIRCLE” consists of three members: GOD (THE CREATOR) / YOU (THE CREATED) / YOUR PURPOSE (THE CREATION). This is the CIRCLE that puts all other CIRCLES in proper perspective.
Your “INNER CIRCLE” can change in an instant; or stay intact for years. It involves many people at many different levels and at various stages in life. At times it can be hard to assess their motives, their expectations, or how they actually contribute to the relationship. They are friends, family, trusted advisors, colleagues, mentors, spiritual leaders, business partners, spouses, etc., and more importantly, they are a direct REFLECTION on YOU!
“THEIR CIRCLE”, the CIRCLE rarely thought about, represents your indirect associations. These individuals represent your “INNER CIRCLES” inner circle. It’s not sound to think that this CIRCLE does not have an impact on you – because indirect association is still a connection. The question is simple, how much do you know about the company your company keeps? Although your INNER CIRCLE may support your VISION – THEIR CIRCLE could be the death of it.
DELETE 10 TO MAKE ROOM FOR 10
You know how every time you pick your phone up to check your social media sites, there’s a post from a company, a family member, or a friend that is simply of no benefit to you. Their posts are the first you see in the morning and the last you see before bed.
I would like to encourage you to do a social media overhaul and DELETE 10 in order to add 10 like-minded social media groups that speak directly to your PURPOSE. Once you join the group, go to your settings and mark that you would like to see those posts first.
Some of my top sites include the Mindfulness Group, TED Talks, Leadership Groups, and close family and friends who I know will post something of benefit to my PURPOSE. Once you start to bring clarity into your life – on a personal level – you will begin to understand what true living is all about. Start with these five (5) simple steps and watch the window of your soul open up to bigger and brighter opportunities.
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