Need A New Year's Resolution? Learn How To Be A Better Leader

Ah, it’s that time of year – again. The New Year is looming and we’re all thinking about what we will start doing, stop doing, do more of, or do less of next year. For many of us, those resolutions are about living a more healthy lifestyle; eating better, exercising, exercising more, drinking less and getting more sleep. Others think about learning something new. Perhaps it’s learning to play a musical instrument, or taking that photography course we’ve talked about for years.  All worthy endeavors.

Here’s a resolution you may not have thought of: learning how to be a better leader. I know that sounds like a really big, broad goal. Leadership is a broad topic. It can be complex. What aspect of your leadership do you need to work on? Do you know what it is? Communicating? Creating vision and strategy? Motivating others? Fostering collaboration? Holding others accountable? Holding yourself accountable? How do you find out? I know, I know….now you feel like your head is about to explode and you’re only on paragraph two of a 300-word blog!

Let me share a really simple way to find out what YOU need to focus on to become a better leader. ASK SOMEONE.  Yep, I know it sounds scary, but it’s really not and is very simple. When you ask the people around you to give you suggestions and ideas for how you can be better at something (anything really), they will almost always tell you. It takes the guesswork out for you, and gives you credibility with who you’re asking because you were vulnerable and courageous enough to ask. You get instant, laser-focused information you can act on immediately, and you earned additional respect in the process. No super-sleuth work required.

If you would like to learn more about critical leadership traits of top leaders, see Chapter 5 in my new book, Money On The Table, available here

Happy New Year everyone!