Tips: 3 Ways to Focus on Leadership Today
Leadership Vision – Perhaps this may seem obvious, but a clear vision is what creates the context, motivation, buy in, and clarity around the goal(s) to be achieved. If leaders have a “big picture,” but lack a true leadership vision that drills down to the executable details, it can create uncertainty and ambiguity as to exactly what the end destination fully looks like. In turn, that can hold an individual back from knowing exactly what to focus on to drive the desired result. For example, if a leader wants to build their leadership ability, what’s the vision? What does that look like – in terms of communicating, coaching the team, making decisions, building engagement, etc.?
Leadership Awareness – As human beings, leaders view the world through filters (based on experiences, values, assumptions, beliefs, and more). Those filters will either limit what we see (such as tunnel vision) or expand what we see (like a prism); and thus impact how we perceive situations and what we think about ourselves, others, and our circumstances. Leaders need to become highly aware of their filters and how those filters affect actions: the number of options you’ll be able to identify, the decisions that you’ll make, and even the behaviors that you’ll form. Understand this for yourself first, and you’ll much more readily be able to identify these patterns in others – providing you with the ability to lead and move others past their blocks and to a higher level of performance much more quickly.
Leadership Implementation – Taking leadership action based on a clear, meaningful vision for your business and for yourself as a leader is what integrates ideas into reality. It’s in taking action, according to your plan, that you develop into the leader you want to be that will, in turn, drive your team and organization to its goals. Your implementation plan should be designed with two aspects – small steps and cross the line moments. Small steps are for building initial momentum and progress, trying new approaches, and making adjustments. These small wins prepare you for cross the line moments – meaning those high impact, high value opportunities that you can step into consciously and proactively to propel yourself and your organization forward. On your plan, identify those high potential opportunities and seek to create those moments, instead of waiting for those circumstances to create you.