Leadership for a New Season

March 22, 2013

By: Kathleen Cashman

Leadership Spring 2013

As we begin this new season where Leadership will undoubtedly be looked for on an even grander scale, what does a leader need to do to approach to be ready – ready for anything. . .

The first thing I would recommend is a leadership mindset checklist. Are you ready to think like a leader needed in spring 2013? Here are a few things from this check list:

  • Are you clear on what you want to become this season? Most people ask what am I getting here – leaders ask, what am I becoming here?
  • Are you clear on what impact you want to have as a leader? What are the three words you want people to utilize when they speak about you? This can help you keep focused on your contribution. Examples:  a people developer, a relationship builder, a strategic thinker.
  • Are you surrounding yourself with people who can bring you updated information, updated skills, and updated role models? The only way to become better daily is to see it daily.
  • Are you reading like a leader? No question, no matter what season you look at the leadership of that season will be able to have discussions on what books and people have been most influential in their lives – what was the last book you read and what did you learn?
  • Are you ready to speak the words of leaders? Your words speak volumes. Your words will help move you forward. Use them to describe how you will move through your obstacles or challenges, not to describe them. It is amazing how everyone uses the analogy of a mountain to describe how big their problems are – don’t wish for less problems or mountains, wish for more skills and wisdom to handle them – become bigger than your mountain. Talk to your mountain daily on how you will overcome them. Your words used today will be the best predictor of what you will be tomorrow. 
  • Are you a believer? F.E.A.R (False Evidence Appearing Real) and FAITH both require you to believe in something you cannot see. They require the same amount of effort – one is positive energy and one is negative. Choose to be more positive – walk with the faith in yourself – ask yourself, how would a leader today walk, talk, interact if they totally believed in their ability to be a leader? It says nothing about the situation which might be different, or difficult. 
  • Are you comfortable? Look to be uncomfortable this year. Leaders cause change. From change you can grow. If you are not growing, you are not changing, and the contribution you will be giving is the same as last season. When you are daring to be different, learn something new – you will be out of your comfort zone – or uncomfortable. Choose this path more and watch how you grow and watch your contributions grow.
  • Do you want to be a leader? You must want it. Your “why” must be big for you to be bigger than the situation. Leadership is about being first – the first to notice something needs to change, be done or be different, and having the courage to be the first to say or do something.