I’m not going to lie, I’m definitely the type of person who appreciates a little structure in my life. I spend a good part of my life learning new things and find a lot of thrill in figuring out the “right” way of doing something and perfecting it.
Although knowledge is power, what I’ve slowly come to realize that there IS no “right” or “wrong” way of living life. There’s a lot of value in learning from experts, but at the end of the day, learning how to adjust to our own circumstances is most valuable.
And that’s especially true in leadership. Getting more curious about how you can lead more authentically will make you an impactful leader.
When we think about leadership, there often seem to be too many “rules” to follow. The word “creative” doesn’t exactly come to mind.
- “Don’t wait too long to give feedback.”
- “Have development conversations at least once a quarter.”
- “Have weekly 1:1’s with each individual on your team.”
While there’s a lot of value in these leadership tips, putting them into action still feels challenging.
So it’s time to create your own leadership rules!
Ones that actually work for you and you resonate with.
I’m not saying to throw out what you’ve learned about leadership thus far, but how do you make them your own?
If you’re ready, get a pen and a piece of paper and get creative with these new, unique “rules”! Here are some things I’d recommend for you to think about:
- What you value in a team culture (e.g. building meaningful relationships with others, cultivating a growth mindset, not being afraid of being wrong, etc.). Use this as a foundation for actions you want to commit to as a leader.
- How can you build more trust on the team (e.g. having monthly group coaching sessions with your team)
- Action is important. But instead of always focusing on what you can or should DO as a leader, it is even more important to think about the type of leader you want to BE (e.g. a great listener that everyone trusts, someone who is okay with not having the answers, someone empowers others to come up with their own solutions. etc.)
Hope this inspires you to lead more authentically and with more engagement!
Check out my complimentary guide on “Three Exercises to Lead with More Engagement” for more info.