Your Mid-Year Leadership Tune-Up
It’s July. How has your leadership ability grown over the last six months? How do those January self-improvement resolutions look? What action can you take to keep progressing, and get some neglected resolutions back on track?
Here are just a few ideas to get your mind reset and refocused:
Cut yourself a break. You are not uniquely frustrated. Everyone has had mixed results to this point. Indeed, we bet your year-to-date results would at least match those of your fellow employees.
Reassess your key resolutions. Check to see how you progressed against monthly milestones.
- What would you rate as a success? What habit changes have you achieved that have improved your effectiveness as a leader?
- What are the two or three key habits you still need to change to lead yourself better, and then lead others better?
- What can you do in July to further embed the positive habits you think will continue to make a real difference in your productivity?
Be honest with yourself. Pat yourself on the back wherever you merit it, but do not give yourself credit for progress when you haven’t made much.
Refresh your mentoring or coaching relationships. A coach always makes an athlete better.
- Have your forged strong coaching or mentoring relationships?
- How well are you using your coach or mentor?
- Could that resource use an infusion of attention and energy?
- Offer to set up a cross-coaching or mentoring partnership, especially if your short list of desired habit changes resonates with a professional counterpart.
Ask for honest feedback from others. Do not allow other people to reinforce your bad habits, holding back true feedback out of a concern for your self-esteem. Let them know that your self-esteem is tied up in the obtaining of the new habits, not retaining the old. Give coworkers clear permission to be frank!
Rejuvenate your “Forward-Thinking, Action-Oriented Leadership Mindset.” Here are some approaches we have recommended before that people found useful:
- Adopt the mindset that this is your first day on a new job: Go out and meet your coworkers all over again, just as you did when you started. Recreate the onboarding process you went through when you first joined the team.
- Run a profound, dispassionate review of your priorities for the rest of the year. Learn from these first six months. What chronic issues truly need a fresh approach? Discuss these challenges with everyone involved as part of your re-onboarding process.
- Infect yourself and your workplace with optimism. Mood is contagious. Be one of the people infusing your workplace with energy. Opt for optimistic outlooks, and share them freely as you re-engage with your collaborators this month. Ask “what can we do to make the most of the rest of the year?”
The bottom line: Set aside the thought that it’s too late to achieve your 2016 leadership improvement goals. Reset, refocus, recommit and restart your program.
Let us know how we can help kick-start you and your team to make the next 12 months highly productive, and immensely satisfying!