It’s really simple. No energy in = no energy out. What gives you energy? What takes energy? When you answer these questions, you can start to organize your life so that you have enough energy in to put energy out. What activities, interests or pursuits rejuvenate you when you do them?
Years ago I discovered that if I spent time in my garage fixing and building things I was better with people. What kind of environments do you need to spend time in to feel fulfilled? Where are these in your life right now? Leaders running on empty never create healthy organizations. I’ve found that the Birkman Instrument gives clarity to these things and more.
Here’s the reality. We have all lived with ourselves for all of our lives. So if we have a change of position or responsibility in our leadership, we feel the same but others see us differently. Once we were ‘peers’, now we are ‘supervising’ and ‘leading’. Our words have different importance, our thoughts spoken become expectations or commands regardless of our intentions. Thinking out loud can become ‘actionable items’, words spoken in jest become ‘the supervisor’s opinion’. All of it is because there has been a change in perspective by others. Thoughtful leaders realize that their words now have more value and they use them wisely.
A new year, a fresh start, a list of goals maybe? Here’s a thought…….what kind of leader do you want to become this year? Breaking it down into a daily choice and change of behaviour brings about results.
A question I often pose to my clients is “what kind of leader do you want to be in this situation?” This is a powerful intention and reminds us that we determine the kind of person we show up as in various contexts. Leaders can do this in an undisciplined and reactive way or in a thoughtful deliberate way. You can change the environment and the outcomes by intentionally choosing a different persona. Are you seen as a hurried, impatient meeting organizer? Or as a collaborative, thoughtful facilitator? Are you the ‘values’ shaping leader or the ‘just get it done’ boss?
Regularly evaluating and clarifying your intention is a key to creating a culture of effectiveness and engagement.