Spring is here, and it’s a time for new beginnings, symbolic opportunities and fresh approaches. It’s the perfect time to do some leadership ‘spring cleaning’ and get rid of any ideas or beliefs that have become outdated or are not serving you well.
If you are feeling a little lost on your leadership journey or your leadership goals have become hazy, try asking yourself these three simple questions.
Who do I want be?
Most of us have a pretty accurate understanding of ourselves, and yet, it can be easy to overlook, forget or ignore the ideas and feelings that emerge from our inner being. When you kindly and courageously ask yourself who you want to be, your hopes for ourselves are brought to the forefront. By thinking about where you want to go, you can also get a more accurate picture of where you are right now.
What do I want to stand for?
Your core values are not the same as your goals. Your core values are the principles and ideas that will guide you through your life and help you to make decisions about your course. When you identify what you stand for, you will find it easier to live and lead authentically.
Why do I want to lead?
This simple question will take you back to the beginning of your leadership journey. Many leaders have an innate feeling that leading is what they should be doing. For others, it has been a process of learning and self-discovery. But for almost every leader I have ever worked with or mentored, one particular idea or desire has propelled them forward. Relight your leadership flame and revisit whatever it is that motivates you.