In the last post, “How Many of the ’15 Ailments’ Do You Have?” I used a recent address from the pope to inspire reflection on your own leadership and the development of your team.
Now, with a little positivity and grammatical jujitsu, I offer a possible prescription to the ailments.
- Be open to criticism; update and improve yourself and your organization.
- Take rest seriously.
- Be empathetic. Cry with those who are crying, and celebrate those who are joyful.
- Be open to possibilities bigger than you can plan.
- Coordinate your work with others.
- Stay on purpose.
- Be humble and fuel cooperation.
- Your calling first. Bureaucracy second.
- Be courageous and speak directly to people.
- Eschew pandering, careerism, and opportunism.
- Find joy in helping others up and encouraging them.
- Be polite, serene, enthusiastic, happy and transmit joy wherever you go.
- Do not accumulate material goods to make you feel more secure.
- Seek harmony.
- Never show off and vilify others in an attempt to make yourself look better.
Which of these will you work into your personal plan for the new year?
Karl Bimshas is an Executive Accountability Partner who helps new leaders and leaders in transition to act on purpose, not by accident. He’s the author of “How to Stay When You Want to Quit;Strategies to get over yourself“.