Are you content to leave tackling your leadership goals until the New Year? Or are you ready to spend 5 minutes today planning your next step towards self-development?
What Happens When Leaders Build On Their Strengths?
If you are motivated to take action to achieve improvement here are some interesting trends from a US study of leaders’ self-improvement results:
- Leaders can measure their performance gains, when they take action on the goal of developing their strengths.
- More than 70% of those leaders who focused on building strengths felt they had improved their overall effectiveness
- Nearly 60% of those strength builders feeling their improvement positively impacted their organisation
The article from which I’ve taken these data was written by Behavioural Statistician Joseph Folkman and is published online by Forbes magazine.
What More Could Leaders Do?
I think it would also be valuable to see how the people who directly report to those leaders view the ‘After’ picture. Also other stakeholders might have valuable views on what the leader’s post-improvement results look like. Do those groups feel more connected to their leadership figure after they have developed, compared to before the change occurred?
The biggest ask would involve leaders applying themselves consistently to the areas in which they are not strong. After all, it is relatively straightforward to take action to build on your strengths. Taking these actions involves going with the flow and doing the things that feel nice and rewarding.
How Challenging Is It To Go Against The Flow?
The real challenge – which involves working against the flow – means acting on goals which involve deep, authentic, growth work. These are the areas where resistance is strongest. These areas touch deep seated fears and are the ones where the knot in the gut usually gets in the way.
That hard work pays off, over time. There are real rewards in overcoming that resistance. Rewards for self, colleagues, and clients. There is a sweetness to those development gains too.
What Does A Mix Of Goals Look Like?
It is a challenge to go full on after hard to reach self-development gains. I remember one of my coaching clients felt much better tackling a mix of goals when she decided where she wanted to be in 12 months, then:
- Focused on developing her empathic skills (to serve her colleagues and clients better meantimes)
- Prioritised being more assertive (so that she could have a more effective working relationship with her supervisor during her personal development phase).
She was understandably pleased with the results she achieved, over time, by combining straightforward and hard to reach goals.
Which Strength Building and Challenge Goals Will You Act On?
Please use the Comment section here to share your stories of pursuing your goals. Let your colleagues and friends know that goal setting isn’t time consuming and that effective support makes the difference, whether you are in the US, UK, EU or further afield. Your success will inspire plenty of people who need a nudge to get going.
(Tweet me @RogerD_Said and I will continue the conversation there too).