Discipline is a trait of many great leaders. Individuals are often given a position of leadership because they have shown that they have the strength to follow through with producing impactful results, often in the face of challenge. Leaders learn that discipline is an important tool. When we work up the discipline to follow through on something challenging and meaningful, it feels good. When we work through resistance, we build strength and we learn more about the work, the world, and ourselves, too.
Have you ever found it hard to identify what the main things really are? Have you had a shortage of time to spend on thing you feel are important things because you feel busy getting all of your basic tasks done and keeping things under control? I wrote this post because many people have asked me how I accomplish so much yet still have so much time to write my books, my blog, and create other personal works. I have just as much time in one day as everyone else; I have just worked hard to carefully curate how I spend it by destroying things that don’t serve and adding things that do.
As leaders, we wake up each day with certain aspiration, responsibilities, and expectations at the forefront of our attention. Attachment and drive are key factors that tether us to our objectives and motivate us to show up each day to make progress. However, when taken to far and practice in the wrong ways, attachment severely limits us as leaders. In my new guidebook, Awake Ethics, I present four primary attachments that leaders have: attachment to our ways of doing things, attachment to results and gratification, attachment to our identity, and attachment to team members. Here I’ll talk a bit more about how understanding your relationship toward each attachment is important in order to lead more ethically and find more clarity day-to-day.
We can only truly have one point of focus at any given time. You could be working on multiple projects (we all have multiple things to manage as humans every day at work and in life, we have multiple priorities) but at any given time, you always must choose one focus even if just for an instant before shifting focus. Multi-tasking is a myth. Given this truth, it’s important to be able to prioritize as leaders to choose what to focus on at a given time.
A primary part of a leader’s role is to support the team in reaching objectives. This involves keeping the team aligned on what the objectives are, ensuring the team has the resources to execute the work, and keeping the work engaging so the team develops and remains enthusiastic. In this post, I’ll detail the key differences between quantitative and qualitative objectives, provide insight on how to make your quantitative objectives impactful, and provide some ways to begin finding balance and new energy on your team.
Recently, I received questions from Awake Leadership readers about the relationship between the team mission and the team vision: Could you please elaborate on the key differences between the team mission and team vision? Why do we need to construct and consider both with our team? The first section of Awake Leadership is called Vision … Continue reading Your Questions Answered: Mission Statements & Vision Planning
Two weeks ago, I saw Vincente Fox speak about qualities of strong modern leaders. He mentioned many qualities but two that he mentioned seemed very conflicting, until I listened and thought about it more.
“An Awake leader can zoom in to understand detail and zoom out to see the big picture impacts.” – Awake Leadership