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Simplify Leadership for Success
Leadership doesn't need to complicated or fancy. Just simple and powerful
Hey Full Potential Zoners!
Today we are going to uncomplicate leadership using:
‘16 Quick Leadership Lessons.'
Years ago, I became a manager for the first time.
I wanted to be the best. I worked longer and harder than anyone else.
After a while, I was stressed, exhausted, and unhappy.
I was making leadership complicated and chaotic.
And my team suffered too. They were frustrated, demotivated, and disengaged.
Then I remembered to keep it simple.
So I made a list of 16 quick leadership lessons.
If I followed them, I knew I would be doing great.
These lessons were simple and powerful.
They were the essence of leadership.
Let’s deep dive into each of these lessons.
Actionable steps: Visualize your ultimate goal each morning. Write down three strategic actions weekly that move you closer to this vision.
Believe in Yourself
Actionable steps: Start a success journal. Each day, jot down one decision you made that had a positive outcome, reinforcing your self-efficacy.
Actionable steps: Create a 'lessons learned' log. Each time a project or task doesn't go as planned, note what you learned and how you can apply this knowledge in the future.
Actionable steps: Implement a '5-minute rule'—if something takes less than five minutes, do it immediately. Set three 'must-do' tasks each day and complete them first.
Actionable steps: Write personalized thank-you notes or messages to individuals in your team at least once a week, specifying what you're grateful for.
Enjoy the Journey
Actionable steps: Keep a 'gratitude or achievement' diary. At the end of each day, reflect and write down one part of your day that you enjoyed or a small win.
Actionable steps: Schedule regular 'culture days' or 'diversity hours' where team members can share something unique about their background or perspective.
Actionable steps: Establish 'no meeting' time blocks during your week dedicated to family, hobbies, or self-care. Respect these blocks as you would any professional commitment.
Actionable steps: Initiate 'empathy exercises' in meetings where team members express their current feelings or challenges, and others reflect back their understanding.
Be a Good Listener
Actionable steps: Practice active listening in every conversation by turning off electronic devices, making eye contact, and asking open-ended questions to delve deeper into the speaker's perspective.
Actionable steps: Schedule workout sessions as you would business meetings. Choose one day a week to plan a healthy meal menu, and take short mental breaks every two hours during work to refocus.
Actionable steps: When errors occur, openly acknowledge them to your team, discuss what can be learned, and describe concrete steps you'll take to prevent a recurrence.
Actionable steps: Dedicate at least one hour per week to learning something new related to your field. This could be through webinars, reading, or online courses.
Actionable steps: Set up monthly 'coffee chats' with different team members or colleagues to build and maintain relationships beyond the confines of work-related tasks.
Actionable steps: When feeling rushed, take five deep breaths before responding to a situation. Integrate a 10-minute meditation or quiet reflection into your daily routine to cultivate patience.
Actionable steps: Reflect on your day every evening and assess if your actions aligned with your core values. If not, identify why and how you can correct this moving forward.
My team was facing a critical deadline, and I noticed one of our key members was not their usual self, missing details they would typically catch. Their performance had dipped noticeably over the past week.
I approached them privately to discuss the change. It turned out they were dealing with a family health crisis and were struggling to manage the stress. I could see the strain in their eyes, the weight of their world was tangible, and it was affecting their work.
To address this, I offered them the option to work from home and adjusted their workload to accommodate their situation. I also connected them with our Employee Assistance Program, which could offer professional support.
Over time, they were able to find a balance and their performance recovered, not only restoring their previous high standards of work but also reinforcing their trust in the team and the company.
Actionable Tips to Practice Empathy:
Approach the individual privately to discuss any noticeable changes in behavior or performance.
Offer a listening ear without judgment and ask open-ended questions to understand their situation.
Provide flexible working arrangements or adjustments to workload where possible.
Refer them to professional support services if available.
Follow up regularly to show continued support and to make further adjustments as needed.
Here's how you can make it real over the next 4 days:
Day 1: Listen Intently
Today, focus on listening more than speaking in all your conversations.
Pay close attention to what others are saying, and resist the urge to interrupt or formulate your response while they are speaking.
ChatGPT Prompt to Help: "Provide strategies for active listening that help in fully understanding someone's message without planning my response while they are speaking?"
Day 2: Acknowledge Feelings
In every interaction, acknowledge how the other person might be feeling.
You can say something like, "It sounds like that was a frustrating experience," or "I can imagine that made you happy."
ChatGPT Prompt to Help: "How can I effectively recognize and validate someone's emotions during a conversation to improve our communication and connection?"
Day 3: Offer Support
Reach out to a colleague or team member and offer your support.
It can be as simple as asking, "Is there anything I can do to help you today?"
ChatGPT Prompt to Help: "What are some ways I can offer genuine support to a colleague or friend today, showing empathy and understanding for their situation?"
Day 4: Reflect and Share
Reflect on a time when someone showed empathy to you and how it made a difference.
Share this experience with your team to encourage a culture of empathy.
ChatGPT Prompt to Help: "What are effective ways to share my own experiences of empathy in a team meeting to inspire a culture of understanding?"
Let the commitment and insights gained not just linger as thoughts but manifest in your actions. Repeatedly.
In embracing these lessons, remember that leadership is not a title but a journey of continuous growth.
A wonderful journey impacting lives and shaping futures beyond what's immediately visible.
Consider how each lesson can transform not just your approach to leadership but also how it can elevate those around you, creating a legacy of positive change.
Until next week and with lots of love,
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