You Are the You in Leadership!

This year I equate leadership to your health as strengthening my health is one of my main focuses this year. What is one of yours? As you strengthen your inner health and expression your outer expression naturally shifts and changes too. Take a look at the article Sustaining healthy resolutions under Health to get inspired.

Who is your ideal super hero figure? Are you demonstrating those qualities in your career search and your job? I find it easier when coaching clients to help them project onto a movie character or super hero figure their dreams and aspirations verses looking only within for their direction as a leader. Think about it, your favorite super figure: Wonder woman, Superman, Batman, Bionic women, Indian Chiefs, Mickey Mouse, Mr. Fantastic, Flash, Jean Grey, etc. Here is a comprehensive list

The point is that our inner definition and model for comparison can influence our expression as a leader. I encourage you to rent a movie this week highlighting a actor as a leader whom you admire, and watch with the eye of a scientist examining their gestures, comments, actions and relationships. What do you see them doing or how they are being that might facilitate you in being a stronger leader in your career and job search?

As we dive deeper into leadership let’s explore my top C’s for Leadership. They are: curious, connected, competent, creative, committed and connected.

1. A leader is incredibly curious and eager to learn. (curious)
They study, ask questions and read - constantly! An interesting point, however: While most of them did well in school, the difference is that they apply or take advantage of what they learn. Repeated success is not about memorizing facts, it's about being able to take information and create, build, or apply it in new and important ways.
2. A leader networks extraordinarily well. (connected)
They know lots of people, and they know lots of different kinds of people. They listen to friends, neighbors, coworkers and bartenders. They don't have to be 'the life of the party,' in fact many are quiet, even shy, but they value people and they value relationships. Leaders are people who have outlook express, or a phone full of people who value their friendship, know that they want to help them and stay in touch.
3. A leader works on themselves and sees themselves as a work in progress (competent)
Really successful people work on their personality, their leadership skills, management skills, and every other detail of life. When a relationship, career or job goes sour, they assume they can learn from it and they expect to do better next time. Successful people don't tolerate anything and they fix the situation and what caused it.
4. A leader is extraordinarily creative. (creative)
They go around asking, 'Why not?' They see new combinations, new possibilities, new opportunities and challenges where others see problems or limitations. They wake up in the middle of the night yelling, 'I've got it!' They ask for advice, try things out, consult with experts and amateurs, always looking for a better, faster, cheaper solution.
5. They are self-reliant and take responsibility. (committed)
Incredibly successful people don't worry about blame, and they don't waste time complaining. They make decisions and move on. Extremely successful leaders take the initiative and accept the responsibilities of success. They are dedicated to what they see as their truth.
6. Extremely successful people have a gift for living in the present moment. (connected)
They know that 'Now' is the only time they can control. They have a 'gift' for looking people in the eye, listening to what is being said, enjoying a meal or fine wine, music or playing with a child. They never seem rushed, and they get a lot done! They take full advantage of each day. The best leaders are people who don't waste time, but instead use it! They observe trends, notice changes, see shifts, and hear the nuances that others miss. Extremely successful people live in the present, with one eye on the future!