With all the books, speeches, webinars, training, and more, leadership is a $44B industry globally. That might imply some degree of complexity, but instead, I believe the definition of leadership is maddeningly simple: it’s a combination of leading oneself and leading others.
How do you drive yourself to take action, but also drive others to do the same?
If you understand the answers to those questions, you can usually become a thriving, impactful #leader.
You may be thinking: ‘that’s a great definition of leadership, but how do I get there?’
In my experience of 25+ years of working with leaders, the challenge of powerful leadership is not so much about what you know, but, more importantly, how you show up and what you do.
The 3 practices of high-impact, thriving leaders
1. People: The focus word here is relationships. If you’re strong on the people continuum of leadership, it means people support you. They support your ideas — and they trust you. And you help them to grow and succeed. When situations are rough or others need support, they come to you. You’re a coach and a confidant.
2. Growth: The key word here is learning, or maybe development. This is about moving forward in your career at your desired pace. It’s about being a lifelong learner. You get offered ‘stretch’ roles. Your leadership brand is solid internally and externally; people know what they can expect when dealing with you, and it makes them feel comfortable in what you can take on.
3. Results: This is about achievements, and this is conventionally what we measure or focus on within the context of work. It’s not necessarily just KPIs, though — while you want to be satisfied with business outcomes and exceed targets set for you, you also want to be happy at work and home. Results must have a degree of balance. And it’s not only about your results … it’s about the results you help others obtain and the way in which you facilitate those outcomes.
High-impact, thriving leaders have a mix of all three: people, growth and results. They build relationships, they grow and develop, and they achieve results. That’s where you want to end up. To be the best leader you can be, while at the same time experiencing a less stressed life.
I put together a white paper on how to become a high-impact, thriving leader. It will help you grow your leadership whether you’re a new or seasoned leader.
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