What kind of leader do you want to be?
Have you given that any thought, lately?
Have you given that any thought, ever?
It’s the difference between making deliberate choices or being open to vagary.
Here’s a hint; have you ever enjoyed being subjected to a leader’s whim? Has that kind of environment brought out the best in you, and did it help foster a high-performing team?
Words matter, so let’s put some urgency to it. What kind of leader do you want to be, right now?
What words and phrases come to mind for you? Make a note of them.
Maybe you’re thinking, “a good one,” or “effective.” I hope so; now dig deeper. See if words like, fair, kind, funny, just, fierce, competitive, accurate, loved, feared, admired, sought, powerful, dynamic, soft-spoken, ruthless, traditional, innovative, solitary or collaborative, ring any bells for you.
It doesn’t matter if you’re leading a team, an organization, your family, or yourself; each day you are leading / influencing someone. How do you want to accomplish that?
The words you think matter. Read each question and statement below and jot down how you feel after each one.
- What kind of leader must you be, right now?
- What kind of leader do you intend to be, right now?
- Why are you the kind of leader you are, right now?
- You are the kind of leader you want to be, right now.
- You will be the kind of leader you want to be, right now.
- You need to be the kind of leader you want to be, right now!
Reflect on this for a moment. The different words you thought made you feel different. If you feel different, don’t you imagine you’d act differently? That is why it is important to consider what kind of leader you want to be.
One last question: Are you the kind of leader you want to be, right now?
If you are ready to think, feel or act differently about your current leadership ability, contact me and let’s talk.
Karl Bimshas is an Executive Accountability Partner, who helps new leaders and leaders in transition to meet their great goals. He is the author of “How to Stay When You Want to Quit;Strategies to get over yourself“.