7 Ways to be a Better Leader in 2012
By user12601034 on Jan 13, 2012
The past couple of weeks, I’ve received a lot of newsletter emails about resolutions – I guess the beginning of the year is a good time for that! Most of these newsletters have an article or two about improving your leadership skills in 2012. Rather than send you to all the web site to sift through loads of content, I thought I might summarize for you some of the tips on being a better leader in 2012.1. Take time to reflect. By being reflective, you give yourself time to think about what is going well and what needs to be changed – this time gives you a chance to learn from your experiences. Some questions you might ask (both for yourself and for your team) are:
- What are you most proud of in 2011?
- What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
- What are the goals/steps that you are dedicated to moving toward in 2012?
your team. Everyone is more excited
about the job that they’re doing when they understand how their work ties into
business goals. Take time in a team meeting
to ask questions like: Where are we going? What do we believe in? Why do we
exist? Don’t have those team
meeting? Start scheduling them.
3. Ban “To Do”
lists. Yes, getting things done
is important, but I also have things on a “to-do” list that don’t really matter
if they get done or not. Instead, start
tracking an “Accomplishments” list to differentiate between the mundane
(checking Facebook) and the truly important.
4. Paint Your
Legacy. What do you want to look
like in 10 or 20 years? What do you want
your team members to say about you when they talk about the manager they had in
2012? Imagine what you want this future
to look like and make the choices today that will get you there tomorrow.
5. Be social. “Social” is here to stay. Learn how you can use social media/activity
to your advantage. You can use it to
build your brand, engage team members, interact with peers, etc. The old advice was to “manage by walking
around” – social activity is how you do this in the digital age.
6. Work your
network. This does not mean “use
people to your advantage;” this means being conscientious of your relationships. Work at building relationships and making
them better. Don’t forget that part of
networking is giving back to the other person – make sure that when you’re
requesting help, you can offer help in return.
your people. Engagement doesn’t equate
to money (don’t get me wrong, money is nice, too). Engagement is your ability to get your team
excited about the work they’re doing; it’s the level of motivation one has for
his or her job; it’s the team’s ability to solve problems with you removing
roadblocks. If your team is engaged,
chances are pretty good that you’re excited about going to work as well.
Probably most important in these seven tips is how you’re going to change. Instead of saying “I want to develop my network,” decide the specific actions or behaviors that you are going to start or stop this year to mark your accomplishment. If you want to “develop your network,” maybe you’ll join a professional organization and attend meetings, or maybe you’ll start tweeting. Maybe you’ll stop working 18 hours on Thursdays so you can attend those meetings. By outlining those things to stop and start, you’re likely to see actual changes throughout the year
Here's to a great start in 2012!