Monday, January 27, 2014

Leaders - do you take time to recharge?

By Al Norval

The new year is in full swing and as Leaders it’s a great time to reflect on the past year. Typically when we talk about reflection, we talk about business results and the processes we used to achieve those results. Good reflection includes questions such as:

Did we reach our goals?
Did we execute our plans?
Was our hypothesis proved right?
What did we learn?

Today, as Leaders I’d like you to reflect on something a little different. I’d like you to think about the example you’re setting for your team. One of the great phrases my friend, Pascal Dennis, says about Leadership goes like this: “What you do, is what you get”. Your people watch your every step and your actions speak louder than your words.

As a Leader what do your actions say about you?

Do you set an inspiring vision for your organization along with the corresponding strategic plans on how to achieve True North? Do you build the capability of your team so your people can drive improvement themselves? Do you live by and uphold the values of your organization?

Or do you rush from one crisis to the next sacrificing long term improvement for short term quick gains? Do you have a healthy diet, sleep and exercise routine that keeps you fit through the challenges you face along the way? Do you take time out to build your own capabilities and strengthen your own leadership skills? Do you take time to re-charge yourself? Putting it bluntly – are you an elite corporate athlete or a couch potato?

“What you do, is what you get”

Now is a good time to reflect on the year that was and put a plan in place for next year.

How can you become a better leader?

Think about it.


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