If I were to ask you to choose an adjective that describes the characteristics of your leadership, what would you say? Would you label yourself thorough, nurturing, honest or maybe bold? Would you choose the same word that your teammates would select to characterize your leadership behaviors? Do you think you see yourself similarly to how others see you? Have you ever thought about how you are coming across when you communicate, present or coach?
To understand what your leadership actions look like to others, one must look inwards and begin a search. By delving into our true self and natural actions and attitudes, we begin a process of learning what kind of leadership role we play.
Transforming into a tuned in leader is possible if we commit to looking inside and asking these important questions:
What gets me energized each day?
I remember in school that I was periodically asked to write an essay on “Who am I?”. At first I would resent the assignment and then when I finished, it was always an eye opener about what was important to me. Thinking about what excites us at work and in our personal lives can begin a powerful self-discovery journey. For instance, I am energized when I meet with an interesting person who offers a different perspective on leadership. I enjoy the banter back and forth as well as learning more about what makes someone come alive. People connections are essential for me. But maybe for you, meeting a crazy deadline is thrilling.
Who is in my fan club?
Let’s be honest and recognize that we all need a fan club- people who “get us” and support our dreams. Try looking around and make sure you have the best fan club ever and if you don’t, add or subtract. It’s always fun to welcome in new fans as we grow and change.
When did I last learn something new?
We are all so busy that we forget the joy that comes with acquiring new skills or knowledge. Whether it is partnering with a colleague, being mentored by a boss or friend or reading a new book, step aboard the learning train and explore. Actively find ways to grow in areas you are most interested in and block out time to expand yourself.
Is there some activity I should not be doing anymore?
Re-evaluating your daily activities and deadlines is a great way to make sure you are focusing on meaningful work and not just spinning your wheels. Are you connecting with helpful colleagues? Are you serving others in a supportive way? How are you demonstrating leadership? Are you spending too many hours on social media that aren’t providing you with fulfillment?
What ways do you tune into your leadership? How would you answer, “Who am I?”