Archive for February, 2015

February 4, 2015

Know Leadership: Six Intentional Actions That Increase Leadership

1)  Talk About Leadership: Share your ideas with your peers, co-workers, and staff and get their ideas about leadership — what has worked and not worked. This adds ideas to your thinking, clarifies your own ideas, and shares great ideas you may not even know you have.

2)  Read About Leadership: It can be said that for every leadership guru, there’s at least three opinions on what leadership actually is (and there should be). This means they’re thinking and willing to share with you. Reading effects and challenges you to add, subtract, and sharpen ideas that can help you customize your leadership to you, your staff, and your organization’s needs. A “one size fits all” philosophy does not fit anybody.

3)  Assess Leadership: Ask yourself how you lead and ask other people the same question. It does not have to be a monster 360 degree feedback project, but a few interviews with people who will be honest with you can be very helpful. Make it simple (e.g. “How can I bump up my leadership one point on a ten point scale?” or “How can I serve you in a way that helps you do your job?”

4)  Practice Leadership: Now that you have some areas to work on, write down your goals and be intentional about making changes. A friend of mine, another clinical director, found out he was seen as grumpy at work. He just thought he was being focused. So he set about to work on being more open, friendly, and curious about his staff. As he applied these changes, he warmed up to his staff and his staff warmed up to him.

5)  Follow Up On Leadership: New research suggests that one of the most powerful things you can do for you and your team is to follow up on what you say you’re going to do and change. It keeps you accountable and builds trust with your team. Even checking in on your own growth areas, on your staffs’ health, or on the status of a project creates change in you, your staff, and the whole system.

6)  Grow Leadership In Yourself And Others: As mentioned before, it’s important to make specific goals and work toward them. But do more than that. Don’t just make personal goals, set big general leadership goals like increasing service to your staff, making communication a priority, or recognizing achievements. Then share it with your managers. Make sure you’re helping to develop the new generation so they can not only leave a great legacy of leadership but also continue to grow their own leadership skills.