Leadership ID Workshop: Day 3
Now you know what you believe and what you are good at!
So let’s think about our earlier example when you were my boss and was that new employee of yours, excited and full of enthusiasm.
As my leader, you want to harness that enthusiasm, but you just don’t know how. You feel like you do the right things, but you fear that inevitably the glow will wear off and like others who came before me, I will become complacent.
You know your employees are looking for someone to count on, someone who is consistent and walks the talk.
It’s time for you to visualize and paint a mental picture of the impact you want to have…
Convert those bold words, statements and strengths from our last exercise into concrete actions; daily practices you will do as a leader, to model the behavior you want to see in others and set clear expectations.
Step 1: First, visualize the impact you want to have! Consider what drives you! Think about the role models you have had and the characteristics they have that you admire and want to replicate in your own leadership
What are some of the things your role models and other good leaders you’ve known DO that made you want to follow them?
What did they do that inspired YOU to lead?
When I visualize my impact and characteristics of my roles models:
I envision people feeling good when they work with me. I envision people feeling empowered to lead themselves and take initiative. People feel comfortable sharing their ideas and taking action to realize them.
My old boss Debbie was a great role model because she encouraged me to share my ideas and act on them. She gave us autonomy, but had clear expectations.
Each day, I could count on her to:
• Greet everyone when she walked into the office.
• Thank the staff consistently for doing our job and doing it well.
• Arrive on time and let us know when she was going to be late or not in the office.
• Ask us to share our ideas, before sharing her own.
• Give us the freedom to act on our ideas and see them through.
So what does your leadership look like, on a daily basis, in your interactions with your team?
Step 2: Make a list of the tangible stuff you do (or will do) that people can see and evaluate. Take your beliefs and strengths and turn them into behaviors that are actionable and measurable.
Step 3: Once you’ve got a list of actionable and measurable behaviors that reflect your values and beliefs and model the behavior you want to see in others, WRITE IT DOWN.
It isn’t enough to reflect and visualize, now you have to write down your Leadership ID.
It can be a list of values and actions or a single sentence of your own design.
Or you may even find a quote, song lyric, poem, or statement that embodies your Leadership ID.
There are no limits…be creative.
When I was developing my Leadership ID, I found a line in a prayer that really captured my values and strengths as a leader and adapted it a bit to sound more like me (and less like a prayer).
What is it?
May those who follow me be better for having done so!
Now go find your own, mine is taken.
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