Leading others begins with self-leadership. How you lead yourself sets the tone for how you lead others and for the culture of your organization.
Your organization is a reflection of your leadership. Examine your personal habits. Use this lens to view challenges in your organization. Consider which one habit, if changed, would make a significant difference in your leadership. Make an action plan!
Our thoughts affect our words, actions, and relationships. How we think drives how we perform and how others perceive us. All communication is driven by the energy of our thoughts. A leader’s thought life shapes the culture of the company. Practice thinking with intention. Grow thoughts that affirm life and enrich others.
Productive teams don’t just happen. Teams thrive with a foundation of trust, clear goals, and defined roles. Teams—and productivity—suffer when these elements are missing. This leads to conflict and loss of time. This is true with teams of two, ten, and entire organizations.
Whether the team is formed for a short-term project, or sustained overtime, it must be built on a solid foundation. Taking time at the beginning to establish relationships, clarify goals, and set systems in place will set your team on its path of production. The key: Continue to practice building trust and clarifying as your team moves forward.
Where people are present, conflict will arise. Our task as leaders is to anticipate conflict, leverage it, and grow through it.
Depending on the type of conflict, different paths to resolution may be necessary. Learn to:
1.) Anticipate common friction points and establish a system to work through them.
2.) Discover what we can learn when conflict arises.
3.) Take time to work through differences as soon as they arise.
When we view conflict as a teacher, rather than a disaster, we engage in a process of personal and organizational growth.