With resolutions fresh on the mind, it’s important to think beyond some of the most common resolutions like losing weight, eating healthier or exercising more. Instead, start thinking about professional resolutions and aspirations like becoming a great leader.
While some of us are born leaders and it comes naturally, others may have opportunities for further development. To ensure success, we’ve come up with seven different leadership resolutions that will make 2019 your best year yet!
7 Leadership Resolutions for a Successful 2019Ready to step up your #leadership for 2019? @InspireSoftware picked 7 resolutions you should have. Check them out now!Tweet This!
Align passion and purpose
This year make it a resolution to align your passions and purpose with the type of work you do. Great leadership is built when leaders find fulfillment within their own work. In order to lead others and continue to be your best self, it’s important that the work you do reflects your true passion and purpose in life. Not having this alignment will derail your ability to lead others. This year take on a project to highlight your passions or purpose in life and embrace the ups and downs. When you’re reflecting on the year, you will be glad you did it.
Embrace uncomfortable situations
Embracing uncomfortable situations and coming out ahead will challenge you to become a better leader. When faced with these types of activities, you’re forced to think outside the box in order to succeed. Make a resolution this year to put yourself in these situations. It will not only show your boss you’re willing to get out of your comfort zone and tackle any challenge, but you’ll develop great leadership skills.
Be proactive with obtaining feedback
Don’t live by the mantra “no feedback is good feedback,” and start asking your peers for feedback on how you can improve. By understanding your weak spots and facing them head on, you’ll become a more effective leader . Talk to someone you recently worked with on a project and ask them if they’ll provide feedback, both good or bad, so you can work on becoming a better leader.
Get to know the people you work with
A great leader doesn’t just lead, they become a collaborative partner and understand the needs of their entire team. Earn the respect of your peers and those you’re working with. To do this, you have to learn who they are, what they value, and what they’re passionate about personally and professionally. As a leader, you must understand your team’s strengths, weaknesses and how they work best together. By doing so you’ll not only be able to lead more effectively, but the results you produce will be better. If you don’t already, plan a lunch with your team to hang out and get to know each other a little better.
Learn to listen, but understand the value of forming your opinion
As a leader, you’ll make decisions to better your organization, but this doesn’t mean you should ignore the opinions of those around you. By understanding and listening to diverse points of view, you’re empowering those around you to “speak their own truth to power.” Next time you disagree with someone, make sure to listen and empathize with their side, even if you don’t agree with their opinions.
Celebrate your wins
Developing great leadership isn’t all work. Celebrate the wins no matter how big or small they may be. You’ve worked hard to get the leadership experience you have today — be proud of it! Let your coworkers and people on your team know why you’re happy to celebrate and where you think you’ll be next year at this time. This both encourages your team to keep improving and lets them know your goals.Great #leadership is built through experience. Start your 2019 off right with these 7 leadership resolutions from @InspireSoftware!Tweet this!
Be real and practice daily
Great leadership goes beyond your workplace and should be practiced daily. Being yourself and not shying away from your role in the midst of diversity or hard decisions will make you stand out. Leadership contexts and practices can be applied to everyday life, and they should be! Get the hang of finding ways to implement leadership wherever you can. A leader doesn’t have to lead with force. Whether you are the type of leader who is in front of the crowd or the person in the back orchestrating the entire thing — both are important.
Now that you’ve set your leadership resolutions for 2019, how are you going to stay on track? Download our checklist to leadership excellence to keep making progress every day!