Dear Valued Client
n January we all make fresh starts, professionally and personally. How best to approach this? You should take the time to diagnose which few habits you most want to change, and then create a plan that keeps your commitments achievable, engaging and (yes) enjoyable!
The key is to keep your leadership resolutions simple. Prioritize the changes based on feedback from staff and other collaborators, then pour energy and time into the most important, rather than the easiest. Break up the commitment into manageable steps (as you do with all assignments) and set milestones to meet along the way. And get a support team committed to keeping track of you, and keeping you on track!
We have a lot of ideas on our leadership blog to help you work all this out:
First, engage yourself.
Maintain a high awareness of your strengths, and areas that need attention (poor leadership habits.) Have a plan that keeps you focused on your improvement commitments. Have a team that is signed up to help you stay the course. Put measurable milestones in place to track progress.
Then, engage your team.
Agree on what needs to change within your team culture, and agree on how you all (and each) will work towards making the needed changes. You commit together to the plan, and keep each other working on it.