Becoming a More Effective Leader in 2018
By : Ken Paskins -
Everyone that follows me knows that I am passionate about leadership. So I wanted to share some simple tips on some of the ways everyone can be a more effective leader in 2018.
First, pick four books about business leadership and plan to tackle one each quarter. I often give Visionaries this exercise and then ask them to present the book to me in 10-15 slides that highlight key takeaways. I then ask them to list some examples of how they have already begun to implement what they learned in the real world and consider the results that were driven from doing so. There are 1,000’s of great books about leadership out there. Here are a few that I highly recommend, I’ve linked to Amazon and I don’t get anything if you click.
- 5 Levels of Leadership, The: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell (I love this one)
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t
by James C. Collins
I list many others on my website if you’re interested:
Second is Emotional Intelligence. If you are unaware of what this is, there is a great chart on the Harvard Business Review (you need to register to see) that explains it nicely. At a high level, your “EQ” is not about smarts per se, like how good you are at math, but rather it is an overall awareness of yourself, others and your environment. Improving and growing emotional intelligence is absolutely critical for any solid leader to be successful.
Third, focus on “walk the talk.” Your title alone doesn’t qualify you as a true leader. However, many people think and believe that it does. How many CEOs, owners and department heads consider themselves leaders yet have no idea what it means to lead? Your team and organization is always watching you and following your lead; i.e. if you don’t do what you say you’re going to do, they won’t either. If you do, they will too. I have seen countless organizations that lack accountability. Not surprisingly, I will invariably discover that at the helm is a leader who doesn’t hold him/herself accountable either.
Call to action! Pick one book per quarter and force yourself to do the slides exercise described above and then APPLY what you’ve learned. Evaluate and explore your emotional IQ. In conversations push yourself to understand the other person’s perspective. Finally, be sure you always do what you say you’re going to do.
There are many things you can do to become a stronger and more effective leader and that will drive better results and overall happiness for yourself and your employees. However, if you make a concentrated effort in these three specific ways this year, you and your team will see dramatic improvements across the board. For more ideas, questions and/or recommended readings, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and have a successful 2018!