By Dan Rockwell via leadershipfreak.blog Article
Why Leaders Get Stuck At Average
“The longer we do something, the more likely we are to do it like we’ve always done it. … The only way to improve performance – in any field – is purposeful practice. …
… Identify the components of leadership.
… You never become a better leader with vague aspirations like, ‘I want to be a better leader.’ Improve small aspects of your game in order to develop your whole game.
- Leading meetings.
- Listening like a leader.
In order to improve your whole game, you must focus on one part of your game. You might decide to lead meetings where everyone participates equally.
… Try new behaviors.
What will you do to engage everyone equally?
- Sit at the side of the table.
- Monitor participation.
- Ask quiet members a question.
- Practice kind candor. ‘I notice you haven’t said anything, Mary. What’s coming to your mind?’
- Explain your goal to the team.
- Send the agenda the day before the meeting.
- Prepare and ask open questions.
New behaviors feel awkward, but improvement begins at the point of discomfort. If you aren’t feeling some discomfort, you aren’t improving.
… Seek feedback.
- Keep track of who talks for how long.
- Notice behaviors that energize and engage people.
- Explain your goal and ask for feedback from the team. …
… [Repeat in the same area or another area of leadership.]
Leaders improve when they work on small aspects of their leadership game.”