Top 5 Leadership Resolutions for a great year!
The New Year inspires many of us with hope and resolution for a fresh start, and along with that optimism come many well-intentioned resolutions. By definition, a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. According to researchers, however, only 15% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually stick with them for the entire year. Statistically, New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but hard to put into consistent action.
Sticking with your resolutions isn’t easy, but then again, neither is great leadership. For leaders who desire to be great, the New Year is the perfect time to set goals and determine what we want to accomplish or do differently as we lead our team or organization forward.
We are all seekers for different reasons. I believe leadership comes with an ethical responsibility to continually attempt to make a difference, not only in the organization in which we work and lead, but also in the lives of those whom we lead.
You will have some resolutions that are specific and personal to you - which is great. But there are some goals that every leader could benefit from accomplishing. Here are 5 that continue to inspire and challenge me.
- Learn something new
What books will you read, and what podcasts will you listen to? What courses will you take? What conferences will you attend? Whom will you meet new today and learn from? Learning is critical to your success in this rapidly changing world, and it is motivating to both you and your team members. Keep your mind engaged, inspired, and continuously learning.
- Make more mistakes
When you are innovating, creating and learning new things, you are bound to make mistakes. As the mantra goes, fail fast, and fail often. The small cost of failure is nothing compared to the huge cost of not trying.
- Recognize and appreciate often
Many good or great things happen on a daily basis, but too many leaders fail to appreciate them. Great leaders take the time to be grateful for both the big and little things people do daily that contribute to the team’s success. In turn, employees feel their contributions are valued and strive to continue to add value to the team.
- Listen more
Great leaders know they don’t have all the answers to everything. They are instead committed to asking the right questions, and listening to the answers. Listening is one of the best ways to show your team members that you value their opinion and care about their success.
- Smile a lot
Everybody has a default expression on their face. In meetings, while walking around the office, even when preaching. Smile more. You’ll influence more people. It’s still a daily discipline, but it makes a big difference.
What leadership resolutions will you make this year? What do you think every leader should do?
Best wishes for a joyful and prosperous 2019!