“Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act; falls the shadow.”
If someone asked you what your goals are for 2019, would you be able to list off a few or would you need time to actually sit down and set some goals? There are different types of goals you can set as an individual, with your team, or for your organization. Goals don’t have to be long-term only; you can have daily, weekly, agile bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals.
Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, taking time to set and initiate them is the first step to achieving them, and will help you perform at a higher level, both professionally and personally. When it comes to practicing effective leadership, setting and initiating good goals is essential. An effective leadership plan consists of creating goals and collaborating with others to achieve them.
If you were asked about a person who made an impact on you professionally (or personally), you would probably choose someone who was inspiring. Maybe it was a teacher from high school, a sports coach or a previous manager at an old job. Their lessons and advice have stuck with you throughout your years and propelled your internal drive to succeed in life. The point is: they changed something in you. They helped make you, and the convictions that drive you, what you are today.
When preparing for leadership, it is important to consider and distinguish the components of your unique personality. In Drea Zigarmi’s Achieve Leadership Genius, these elements include your subconscious self, disposition, values and persona.
Leadership development has always been an important aspect in determining the success of any organization. Without properly trained leaders, companies fall victim to mismanagement, dissatisfied employees and ultimately lack in overall company growth. Leadership development begins with establishing techniques or practices that leaders can apply when coaching individuals towards a specific goal.
Any leader knows your leadership style depends on who you’re leading. Whether you are leading yourself through something challenging or guiding an organization, context is key. So, this begs the question, what type of leader are you? Are you better as a teacher than a public speaker? Take this quiz to figure out which context you will succeed in!
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Executive leadership is perhaps the most glamorous and the most challenging of all contexts of leadership. You have the authority to make the most critical decisions as it relates to the direction of the organization, but you’re also responsible for the people who are employed to serve the vision and the clients they serve.
Leadership seems intuitive. But leadership can be tricky the more you expand the number of people you’re attempting to influence. Continuing the skills you need to be an effective Self Leader is just the start of the Leadership Journey.
Your role as a leader has a major impact on the lives of the people you are attempting to lead. In his book Achieve Leadership Genius, Dr. Drea Zigarmi describes leadership in a variety of contexts. One of the most critical contexts of leadership is practiced in the One-to-One relationship between a leader and the people that report directly to them. The One-to-One context of leadership is the most written about and discussed topics in the world of of leadership. Generations of research have been poured over in trying to understand the nature and best practices of leading individuals toward common objectives.
Leadership is not just for those with a corner office or an MBA hanging on the wall. Leadership is not just for those with the title “Chief” or “Vice President.” The reality is that leadership happens in different contexts, including in the self-context, and at every level of an organization.