I bet you have heard that expression a few times in your life, I know I have! However, when we look at the topic of Leadership, it’s not far from the truth. All too often as Leaders we have so much going on in our head that we have a hard time being able to keep our mind focused on the items that are truly important. It is crucial though that we don’t lose track of things, so we feel like we have to be mentally spread as thin as we can get. Hold on though friends! There is a remedy for this Leadership illness!! All we need to do is change a few mental processes that we have and we will be headed in the right direction! Also, we will feel less stress and our Teams will be more productive!
First, we need to look at our position, our Teams and our assignments and figure out what the end result is that we want or need. In other words, we need to begin with the end in mind. As we do this, it lays a foundation for every action that we take. Each step we take should then be a step that is in concert with the end result that we want/need to have. When conflict, crisis or a decision comes up, it becomes much easier for us to find a resolution because we know what the end result needs to be, so we choose the answer that gets us to that end target. If we are a smart Leader, we will have already conversed with our Team involving them in our end in mind process so they will know why we are making the choices we have to make. Also, it can benefit the Team as a whole and us as Leaders if the Team is involved in the process! They will begin to make small steps to change their thinking and target their results towards the end in mind as well, with just a little guidance! Always remember to ask yourself this one important question when deciding on tasks, assignments or decisions: “Which choice will get us/me a step closer to the end result we/I need?”. This should help you make more productive choices for and with your Team. Things will change for the good quickly if you consistently use this process in all you do!
In Part 2 tomorrow we will examine another critical point in our thinking that requires a bit of adjustment to align it with success! Tune in then so you can continue to grow as a Leader!!