How Will You Lead In 2017?


As 2016 comes to a close, leaders have a great opportunity to map out their direction for the coming year. Some of us may want to continue along the same path and simply delve more deeply. Other leaders may decide to reorient themselves all together and reconfigure their strategies. While some of us may fall in between, integrating some of our last year plans with some different or new approaches. A great way to identify the best strategy for 2017 is to actually coach ourselves through the process. It might sound a bit crazy, but we can direct our next year’s planning through the GROW model.

The model was originally developed in the 1980s by business coaches Graham Alexander, Alan Fine, and Sir John Whitmore. The model is an acronym:

  • Goal
  • Current Reality
  • Options
  • Will (or Way Forward)

CREATE YOUR GOALS- What do you want?

Decide if there is anything you might want to change for next year in your business or job. Is there an area or department you want to learn more about? Have you been noticing new trends in your industry? The goals need to be specific with time frames. It is also essential that your goals can be measured so that you will know when you have achieved them. Don’t forget to write the goals out so that you can refer back to them.


This is the step where you recognize the truth about your current leadership strategy. It is highly unlikely that we can either continue down the same road or make a turn to a different road if we aren’t honest about what happened this past year. Ask yourself what went well this past year and what you enjoyed the most about your job. Ask:

  • How do I feel about the direction I have been moving in?
  • Was I successful in attaining my 2016 goals? If not, why not?
  • What has been my biggest hurdle and am I already working on overcoming it?
  • Will my 2017 goals help me get closer to my north star?

DISCOVER YOUR OPTIONS-What could you do?

After figuring out what went well and what was a bust, it is time to be open to some new options. Focus in on where you want to go and how you will get there. Do you need to learn some new skills to move into a new position? Do you need to talk to someone to gain more insights about a trend or concept? Maybe you want to attend a conference or sign up for a course. Reflect on the best way to achieve your goals and identify what you may want to take off your plate or delegate in order to be successful. Ask yourself what is preventing you from tackling the goals.

WILL YOURSELF FORWARD- What will you do?

This last step is where you empower yourself to take the necessary actions to make 2017 the best year ever.

  • Write out the steps you need to take to reach your goals as well as timeframes
  • Set-up meetings with people who can provide you with guidance
  • Sign-up for interesting conferences to grow your mind and skills
  • Dump negative chatter that may derail you from achieving your goals
  • Be confident and own your destination

What has helped you face your goals straight on? How do you keep on track?

If you need help in growing your 2017 leadership please reach out!




11 thoughts on “How Will You Lead In 2017?

  1. Great reminders…I particularly like “Take a look at where you are today” because it’s essential that we are honest about what went right, and what went wrong with our goals in 2016…reading your article reminds me that this is what I need to do as well!

    Thanks Terri!

  2. Before we can develop a plan for the new year, we need to honestly reflect on both our successes and our failures of the previous year. When delving into what contributed to the parts of our careers or businesses that flourished or tanked, we are holding ourselves accountable for all of our decisions and actions. It’s so important to own those choices and learn from them.
    Thanks LaRae for adding to the dialogue! Happy exploring 2017!

  3. I love “what could you do” when people let go of what they think they have to do and play with the question. There are usually a lot more options than the one or two obvious ones that jump to mind. I’m a fan of the GROW model and love how you presented it here!

    All the best to you in the new year, Terri!


  4. I love your idea of: “It’s so important to be deliberate on where we want to take our leadership.” Coaching ourselves to where we need to stretch and grow is critical to staying on a meaningful path and making sure we follow it through. It does take effort and strategy but when we are committed to our direction we will arrive where we want to be.

    Thanks so much Karin and happy holiday and happy new year!

  5. Sitting on a lunch break on day 3 of packing, surrounded by boxes. Feeling grateful that in the midst of all the change and unknowns surrounding this international move that I’ve done some reflecting, reviewing, vision examining and goal setting for 2017. Looking forward to connecting with you more once we are stateside! Happy New Year Terri!

  6. You will be going through so many changes in 2017 Chery, but all exciting! Can’t wait for you to be stateside and hangout to share our 2017 visions!

    I’ll be wishing you a speedy packing and move!

    Happy New Year Chery!

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