A lot changes when you assume a leadership position – both for you and for your organization. Your responsibilities and stresses feel ever-present. On top of that, as a leader, you need to set the standard and hold yourself accountable. It’s a lot, and it’s not a simple change.
But I’m here to tell you that the challenge is worth it. Even the difficult days, the ones that never seem to end, are worth every moment.
Why? Because all the hard work and lessons learned will help you to develop your leadership style. It will also help you to guide future leaders along their path – something that is the responsibility of all of us who take on leadership roles. You may not have had the benefit of being mentored by a good leader in the past, but now you have the opportunity to break that cycle by starting a new, healthy culture of leadership development.
Here’s my tip to help you along your way: work on your word.
I’m not talking about your PR strategy, I’m talking about sticking to your word. When you say you’re going to do something, do it. That doesn’t mean you should burn yourself out (or cause others to do so) trying to make a deadline you promised. It means fully understanding what you’re promising, and communicating clearly and honestly along the way.
Make sure you fully understand what saying “yes” or “no” to something truly means. What are the primary, secondary, and tertiary effects of your promise? By looking ahead when you make a decision and thinking it through, you’ll avoid becoming a reactionary leader who is unable to keep their word.
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