Leadership Habits

Grand Canyon,Jad Limcaco

Why do leadership courses fail to produce leaders?

The magnificent Grand Canyon did not develop in a year, a decade, a hundred years. On the contrary, several recent studies support the hypothesis that the Colorado River established its course through the area about 5 to 6 million years ago. That’s sustained, incremental, bit-by-bit carving of these startlingly beautiful forms.

I have the good fortune to work each week with dynamic leaders and influencers. These are leaders who want to be vital, uplifting leaders who generate measurable results for their organisations.

These same people also want to evolve as leaders, to extend their repertoire of thought patterns, of communication styles, of interacting with others. Yet their repeat complaint is, “I don’t have time to practice!”

Each day, we repeat movements, thought patterns, ways of interacting with others … and in this repeated practice, we become – or have already become – good at these things.

If we constantly check Facebook or Twitter, that is practice. We are forming that habit, though it’s usually not with much awareness. When we eat junk food, or put ourselves down internally, this is something we are practicing to be good at.

So what about the thought patterns and ways of interacting that we have as leaders? Which undermine us? Which practices have become ingrained, unconscious habits that reduce our ability to consistently perform at a high level – over time?

Which habits support us? What thought patterns, ways of interacting with others do we want to cultivate. What new leadership habits do we want to intentionally grow in a sustained, incremental way.

Here’s an idea. What say there was a way to build new habits that took awareness, not time? Not Grand Canyon time. No! Less-than-a-minute daily focus. To find out, join our online Leadership Habits program starting 5 October 2017.

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