Awake Leadership Solutions is two years old this month! As we enter our third year, we’re reflecting on our values and an essential question for many companies: How do you make sure your values are reflected in the actions of your team? How do you ensure your values system is really serving a purpose?
If you’re a leader striving to delegate more to your team members to open time in your calendar but struggling to feel confident that they’re ready to take ownership without your direction and guidance, here are some ways to start the delegation and transition process.
We are all always changing and evolving – even the most seasoned of leaders. As the environment and conditions around us change (which is always happening), we change, too. Great leaders are self-aware because they continuously practice Self-Study.
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.
Stepping into leadership means that we guide our team toward the big-picture mission and keep positive momentum going day-to-day. Teams have objectives to work toward and it’s up to the leader to design the approach and drive progress. There is a long, continuous path to collectively take on together. Over time, amongst the day-to-day work, team members often loose sight of the big picture mission and objectives, the progress that is made, and where attention should really be placed.
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.
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