November 18, 2017

Leadership Independence

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    Few celebrations have the opportunity to teach us as much about leadership and independence as the 4th of July- when the USA celebrates our national independence.

    The historical significance, the innovative leadership behind the birth of our nation, and the continued call for courageous action towards the futures of ourselves, our communities, and the companies we lead, make Independence Day an important time for reflection.

    We can certainly reflect on the wisdom received from each of our leaders throughout history. Our desire to be an independent nation was driven by a certainty that we could be:

    • operating from a place of self-reliance
    • resourceful in creating a long term approach
    • demonstratingopennessand acceptance
    • adapting to an ever-changing environment

    Are you taking similar approaches with yourleadership approaches?

    You might consider these practices with your leadership independence:

    1. You Are Here (where the buck stops) – Being a great leader means taking responsibility and ownership by giving every situation your best-foot-forward no matter how difficult or conflicted a situation may appear.
    2. Assess Your Resources – Effective leaders take stock of what is available to them in their relationships, resources, and tools – and leverage these assets to achieve their goals and those of their organization.
    3. Be Open – Accurately assess nuances and sudden changes. It is important to put practices in place to remain open to options and new ways of doing business so we are consistently focused on the best solutions available.
    4. Encourage Others – Help your teams discover how their own independence can benefit each other and the collective team.

    Leadership and independence are relevant to each other – being able to separate oneself from challenging circumstances to find unbiased solutions that benefit the greater good requires disciplined thinking and action.

    Yes, these extra steps and planning may seem like additional work on an ever-growing to-do list, yet this reminds me of something Thomas Jefferson said: “The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.”

    Enjoy your Leadership Independence and have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!

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