How are you doing as an Enlightened Leader? As we wind down the year, here’s a short quiz to give yourself a “check up”!
If you answer yes to all five questions – congratulations and good job! Sounds like you’re hitting on all cylinders and staying on track and on point 🙂
If you find yourself falling short in one or two areas, no worries. I’ve included some accompanying resources for you to check out to get you back on course.
Wishing you and yours much joy in this holiday season and blessings in the year ahead!
#1 Do you have a clear sense of purpose?
“Human beings are a mission-specific species. Without purpose, chaos reigns.” Get your purpose right and it becomes the epicenter of your life – and the lives of those around you. Jim Loehr, “The Power of Full Engagement” with nods to Stephen Covey.
And for those of you who want to dig deeper, check out “How to Find Your Mission in Life” by Richard Bolles, the best-selling author of “What Color is Your Parachute?”. A favorite quote of mine from his book, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
#2 Do you regularly take time for renewal and reflection?
“In what areas of your life do you need to ‘hit the reset button’?” Consider your relationship with yourself, your family, your friends and your Creator. Giovanni Livera, Live a Thousand Years.
And if you’re looking for inspiration as well as practical guidance on this subject, check out Susan Packard’s book, “Fully Human: 3 Steps to Grow Your Emotional Fitness in Work, Leadership and Life”.
#3 Are you paying attention to your culture?
“Act your way to new thinking.” The main job of a leader is to stay on message and just keep repeating. You have a culture – and you’re the chief ‘culture-creator’. David Marquet, “Turn the Ship Around”. And check out his Ted Talk on Servant Leadership.
One of my favorite quotes from David – “Don’t preach and hope for ownership. Implement mechanisms and practices that actually give ownership.”
#4 Do you actively engage your people?
“People work harder and more effectively when their work affords them the opportunity to learn AND help others.” Check out www.glassdoor.com to see how you stack up! Laurie Bassi, “Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era”.
Then, create a workplace where your team can actively engage in their strengths to succeed. If you haven’t identified your own talents, use the Gallup Strengths-Finder found here and use the book “Strengths-based Leadership” to be a better Coach for your own employees.
#5 Do you have a plan to train and develop your most important asset?
“Know and teach the rules. Follow the action and keep score. Provide a stake in the outcome.” Enough said. For more on creating a stake in the outcome, check out a business classic, ‘The Great Game of Business’ by Jack Stack. Truly a business icon!
And read more here about the journey Mid-Atlantic Behavioral Health took to apply the Great Game to their company!
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