Leadership Strategy: Step Up to the Plate!

If you live in the USA, I hope you enjoyed your Labor Day holiday!  For us and most people in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the end of those lazy days of summer and time to get back to the routines of the work year.  So as we approach the last quarter of the year, let’s take some time to look at how things are going personally and in your business.   

How are things going?  Take some time to acknowledge the truth about what’s going on in your life and in your business.  What’s working and not working?  As a leader, have you dealt with that employee who is not up to par, not meeting their goals, late on projects, etc.  Have you even talked to them about it?  What about you?  Have you fallen short on what you said you would do or want to do?  Have you failed to talk to someone in your life about something on your mind or something that isn’t working?  Do you have lots of reasons or excuses? 

You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge.  Excuses don’t produce results.  So, step up to the plate.  Acknowledge what’s not working so you can make some changes.  Be honest with yourself and others about what needs fixing.  Don’t just give it lip service and say, “I really need to do xyz.”  Do it! Be careful of the comfort of denial.  It’s so easy to look the other way or look at situations with rose colored glasses.  It will get better when…….. is a good clue something isn’t working.

What’s interesting is that it’s so much easier to see what needs fixing in someone else than yourself.  As a leader, that is sometimes your job.  If so, step up to the plate and acknowledge what is or isn’t working with your team and address it.  On a personal level, I’ve talked before about the importance of taking responsibility for yourself.  So, take a look.  Ask yourself what’s working and not working in your personal and business life.  Is your career going in the direction you want?  Is your team achieving their goals?  Are your relationships with significant others, family and friends fulfilling and joyful?  Are you achieving things you desire or living like a loser?  Do you break promises to yourself and others?  Look at the different areas of your life and see what you think.

You can’t change what you don’t acknowledge. Step up to the plate! Be truthful, acknowledge what isn’t working and make the necessary changes.