Being consistent is an essential quality for leaders to embrace. It is important for our teams or those we partner with to feel we can be depend upon in a familiar way. Yet there is a point that we each approach where we sense change is facing us in the eye and we just need to mix things up. We need to find a new way to challenge ourselves without losing our leadership identity. We crave a “new look” or some new additions to our repertoire. We want to update or tweak our current narrative and enable our leadership story to evolve. Are you at that crossroad?
Just like you I have been at that intersection many times in my career. Here are some ways to propel that journey without saying goodbye to who we are:
BE CLEAR WHO YOU ARE
Just like with any change or evolution, it is helpful to understand completely where we are and what we stand for.
- How would you describe your leadership brand and style? Jot down some words or phrases that represent your natural way to act and make decisions.
- Are you more methodical or quick at the draw to respond? I am a processor and need time to mull over data before coming to a conclusion.
- Are you an engager with people or prefer more time with your thoughts?
- Don’t make judgments; just be clear on the true you.
REFLECT WHO YOU WANT TO BE
If you could dream about how you may want to adjust or change your leadership, what might that look like? Are there certain experiences you want to add or are there some skills or knowledge you want to acquire? For many years I was fascinated with personality assessments and felt that attaining my certification in Myers-Briggs would truly enrich my leadership and me. What do you think you may want to learn about?
BE OPEN TO A FEW REMAKES
As with any change, it may necessary to factor into the process several iterations or redo’s. That’s perfectly acceptable and probably preferable in getting to a more substantive outcome. Remember it look a little while to get to your present leadership place, so let your narrative flow.
HIT THE GROUND RUNNING
Once you decide on your direction begin writing it by taking forward actions. Don’t let fear or concern of how others may react deter your plans or changes.
What actions have you taken when you were at a crossroad in your leadership? What strategies have empowered you to make a change?