Every November, I sit down to evaluate the year and set goals for the new year. And I love it because I am able to figure out what worked and what didn’t, and set goals to make the next year my best ever. It is a time to let go, innovate, and dream.
This year, I’ve put together a list of 10 Leadership Goals to help you get it right in 2018. Remember to make your goals SMART, click here for a refresh on setting SMART goals. And keep in mind that these goals are guides, you can customize each one to your own leadership needs and wants.
Here are 10 goals to make 2018 your best year in leadership ever:
#1 Have a vision for 2018!
Before you tackle the details, conquer the big picture. Take time to think about what you want the New Year to look like for you, your leadership, your team, and organization. And dream. Dream big.
#2 Craft a shared vision with your team to build!
Once you have your own vision for the New Year, share it with your team, and work with them to include their visions and craft a shared vision. A shared vision will not only serve as a road map for you and your team, but it’ll also ensure you are all on the same page, and increase buy-in and engagement. Watch this short video for tips on crafting a shared vision with your team.
#3 Be accountable for the vision.
Set milestones and deadlines for what you want to accomplish so you can track your efforts along the way. It is essential to hold yourself and your team accountable for the vision you create together.
#4 Make time for reflection.
We are so driven by time and deadlines that we miss the benefits that come from reflection. Set aside at least 20 minutes, or even up to an hour, each week (or daily) to reflect. You can journal or just sit quietly to think about your work and leadership. Identify areas for growth and improvement, then brainstorm new ideas or solutions, or not. It is time to quiet the noise and give your brain the opportunity to relax, and for your body to breath.
#5 Listen more.
Listening is a skill that requires practice, and we don’t practice it enough. Most of the time we listen on a very superficial level, as a result we miss opportunities to learn from and connect with others. As a leader, listening can be an invaluable tool to building trust, resolving conflict, and generating solutions. Take stock of how much time you spend talking, and balance it out with an equal amount of listening time.
#6 Ask more questions.
Curiosity is another powerful tool at a leader’s disposal. Asking questions will ALWAYS give you more information, and information is power. Before you respond with your own perspective or solution, practice curiosity and ask questions.
#7 Spend 30 minutes/day learning.
There are an endless amount of resources available to you to develop your leadership. Invest time learning more about leadership and your industry. Commit time every day to reading relevant articles and/books, or watching videos that will help you do better, at least 30 minutes per day. To help you get started, I’ve included a few of my favorite books and videos:
- The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni
- Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee
- The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference by Macolm Gladwell
- The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey
My “Go To” Ted Talks:
10 ways to have a better conversation by Celeste Headlee (communication, curiosity, listening)
Everyday leadership by Drew Dudley (mentoring, impact)
How I harnessed the wind by William Kamkwamba (initiative, curiosity, resourcefulness)
The danger of a single story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Empathy, understanding, curiosity)
It is not a straight line by Tamara Thorpe (I’d be remiss not to include my own talk)
#8 Attend a relevant conference, workshop or seminar.
Attend a learning event that is going to help you elevate your leadership and career. There are a ton of opportunities to learn both online and face to face. Perhaps there is an event you’ve been meaning to go to but have put it off. Make it happen this year. Find a conference, workshop, or seminar that will help you develop your leadership, registration for Real Leadership Live will open in January 2018. Or you may also want to consider attending an event specific to your industry where you can hone your expertise and connect with your peers. Both are opportunities to grow and improve.
#9 Find a mentor.
Do you have a mentor? You may have several folks in your life that you rely on when you things come up, but have you considered a more formal mentoring relationship? That means connecting with a mentor on a regular basis, meeting weekly or monthly, and setting some specific goals for the mentoring relationship. This type of intentional and consistent mentoring can have a real positive impact on your leadership. So go out there and reach out to one or two of your mentors and ask them to formalize the mentoring relationship so you take your leadership to the next level.
#10 Be a mentor.
Pay it forward, be a mentor. Mentoring is a great opportunity to both pass on your own expertise and experience, and to also develop your own leadership. There is a lot to be learned from supporting others in their own growth so identify at least one person within or outside of your organization who you can mentor. Perhaps this person has already reached out to you, or comes to you for help. Contact them and ask them if they are interested in meeting on a regular basis, at least once a month, and then go enjoy, engage, empathize, encourage, learn, and grow.
There you have it!
10 goals to help you get it right in 2018. Remember to tailor these goals to your own needs and schedule. If you are looking for more support to be agile and responsive in 2018 then my Accelerator program can help OR if you need a push to kick start the next chapter in your career-check out the Kickstarter program.
Until then, I wish you all a very happy holiday and remarkable New Year.