Goals that are poorly conceived and executed can have just the opposite effect. They can stifle growth and limit achievement. Unrealistic goals could produce embarrassing outcomes or complete failure.
I’m mostly cynical about our cultural practice of setting goals at the beginning of a new year. These promised resolutions we make to ourselves often have a hollow ring because we tend to repeat them year after year. This anonymous quote sums up how I feel about these goals:
“A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.”
Setting personal goals has played an important role in my leadership development. While I don’t always achieve each one, the process has been a helpful discipline.
To honor 2019, I’m offering a list of nineteen potential leadership goals that could enhance your value and contributions as a leader in the upcoming year. They are offered in no particular order.
- Show some courage – This isn’t about bravery or daring but rather being willing to authentically represent who you are.
- Be bold – Put your credibility on the line for the next big thing that needs to happen in your business.
- Practice emotional intelligence – Learn to adjust your mindset when the situation requires.
- Praise others more often – Willingly acknowledge the contributions others are making in the workplace, and do it regularly.
- Be humble – Learn to set aside your ego for the sake of larger company goals.
- Ask more questions – Discover the power of inquiry, uncover truths about yourself and others.
- Schedule more face-time – Context matters so reduce your reliance on email and schedule more face-to-face interactions.
- Be more transparent – Employees deserve to know what is going on.
- Don’t be a micromanager – While it might make you feel important, it does the opposite for others.
- Admit mistakes – Saying “I’m sorry” and seeking forgiveness is powerful and worth it every time.
- Be clear – Don’t assume that because you understand it everyone else does.
- Practice authenticity – Your words and actions should align, consistently.
- Be a learner – Be curious and open to the ideas of others.
- Engage in productive conflict – Learn to reframe your automatic thoughts and practice healthier responses.
- Hold better meetings – Or better yet, reduce the number of meetings you host or attend.
- Stop multi-tasking – It’s a myth and doesn’t make you more productive.
- Be accountable – Hold yourself and those you serve accountable for results.
- Set better goals – They should be achievable but also stretch you.
- Love more – When you love what you are doing and the people you are doing it with, it won’t feel like work.
Choose one of these goals as your personal challenge for the New Year. Share it with a few people you trust and ask them to hold you accountable to achieve it. Best wishes for a successful leadership journey in 2019!
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