This is the final post in a series inspired to action by an article providing 9 Traits That Define Great Leaders. The last two posts described how to set up a highly-personalized grading scale and rate your own acumen. By now, you have made it your own. Now what?
The next step is to decide what you want to DO with that data. Now it’s time to call on your supreme ability to focus, with discipline. . . .
Working with ONE trait, develop an action plan. Limit yourself to no more than three action steps for that trait or competency. Why? More than three and the effort is diffused, watered-down, less likely to succeed. Note to all you over-achievers out there: it takes FOCUS and DISCIPLINE to narrow that list; challenge yourself to do it – you know that you can.
For example, I’ve chosen to work on the coaching competency of “Creating Awareness.” In behavioral terms, I will ask more and offer ideas less. My action plan is to remind myself of that commitment before each and every coaching conversation.
Want to boost your chances for success? Engage an accountability partner ; this is when peer pressure can pay off.
Where will you focus to be a leader in your field?