Well! Research says that just 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolutions, and in fact 80% of New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. But leadership is all about doing things against the odds. Isn’t it?
As a popular quote by John Maxwell goes… “A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”! So, at the beginning of 2018, what ‘New Year’s Resolution’ have you maderegarding your role as a leader in your own orbit?
Well! Let’s make a list of New Year’s Resolutions you can make for 2018 as a leader. See if you can follow most of them (and better, all of them):
- While listening, I will avoid interrupting or finishing other’s sentences:Listening is all about ability to postpone judgment. So try to put your knowledge, experiences and prejudices aside and wait until people can fully present their own version of what the matter is about. Not all people will be able to say “Let me complete”, so observe carefully to let them.
- I will give another chance to people who have let me down in the past: People are not events, they are processes. So try to break the perceptions you carry about them, even if they are justified in the light of their actions. One of the important parts of leadership is to allow people to surprise you. So try it with some smart-trust. You never know!
- I will manage my emotions better: All interpersonal skills have intrapersonal roots. So try to get sorted before sorting things outside. Keep track of your emotional state by listening to cues your body gives through autonomic signals like heartbeat and breathing rate. Moreover, do avoid letting your complexes or insecurities creep into your interactions.
- I will try to learn more about human behavior: It is important to develop skills that enhance your interpersonal effectiveness. For instance, ‘Social & Emotional Intelligence’ combines neuroscience and psychology to understand human behavior. It includes readily applicable sub-skills like ‘spotting emotions through observing nonverbal behavior (body language)’.
So, don’t miss this chance to make a fresh start. After all, leadership is all about taking initiatives. J
Dr. Sandeep Atre (Founder-Director, Socialigence)