Creating Your Leadership Blueprint
Leadership is a beautiful journey but it’s not without its challenges. There’s so much more to it than simply having a title and people in your team. Just as life doesn’t come with an instruction manual, neither does leadership. So what’s the next best thing? Having a blueprint for your leadership journey.
Here are a few helpful tips to get started. Tip 1: Know your leadership style Knowing what type of leader you are is essential for your leadership blueprint. When you better understand yourself, your strengths and your weaknesses, you can better assess the leadership style you should adapt to support and benefit your team. Tip 2: Get insights from others Speaking to other people and having a courageous conversation with them will give you insights about what type of leader you are allowing you to build your leadership blueprint. Tip 3: Start journaling Journaling is a great tool to get clarity—whether that’s in business, your personal life or your relationships. When it comes to refining your own courageous leadership, here are a few self-coaching questions that you can reflect and journal on, or choose some others that work best for you. Regardless, gGive yourself a bit of time and thinking space to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what you want for the future and then implement those into your own leadership blueprint.
Self-Coaching Questions: √ What is your mission as a leader? √ What is important to you as a leader? √ What do you value about others who inspire you? √ How do you want to act as a leader? √ What do you want to be proud of as a leader? √ What are you going to commit to? √ What does leadership actually mean to you? √ What traits do you value? √ What do you expect from your team members? √ What do you expect from yourself? √ What will you commit to as a leader?
The value of a leadership blueprint Every one of us has a set of core values, which are key principles and beliefs that we consider important. They influence our decision-making, our actions and behaviours and our personal pleasures. Being conscious of your core principles will also support you in making difficult decisions. Values are normally quite consistent throughout your life, but they might shift over time, particularly in terms of their importance. We all know there are things we excel at and those we struggle with. This can be viewed from two perspectives: Perspective 1—Concentrate on your flaws and work to overcome them. Perspective 2—Focus on your own talents and select partners to match your weaknesses. Whatever tact you take, you should recognise and accept that you cannot be excellent at everything. Every day is a learning situation for you as you progress further along your chosen path. Creating a leadership blueprint helps you reflect on what you’ve done in the past, including both successes and failures and both flaws and talents, and reflect on what you can do and want to do in the future. It enables you to make changes and decisions that can take you a long way towards knowing and achieving those things that are key to being a successful leader.
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Until next time, Eat the Frog, Get the Bird, Be the Worm, and ask yourself, what kind of leader do you want to be?