Like many people, I use the entry into a new year as a time to assess what I am grateful about and to make proclamations about what I’d like to do differently this year. Here are my top three leader resolutions for 2013.
- Be vigilant in the pursuit of talent. Our workforce and our clients are increasingly diverse and while talent can come from anywhere, the opportunities to build and showcase it are not evenly distributed. I intend to take the autopilot off leadership concepts I hold and pay attention to the stereotypes I have about what leadership looks like and how leadership happens. In 2013, I plan to look for talent in every person and situation. Recognize it, built it, and hold onto it whenever and wherever possible. That includes building my own talent by learning a new skill this year – speaking French.
- Be flexible. A shift to a more knowledge-based and global economy and the advance of mobile technologies has changed how we work. Many of us can work from anywhere and at any time. Working more doesn’t always lead to achieving more; in fact it can lead to inefficiency and ineffectiveness. In 2013, I plan to pay better attention to what I need to do to be more effective and have greater wellbeing. Exercise is on the agenda to help me increase energy and improve my health, but I also plan to be more open and flexible with myself (and others) in terms how I get work done. Luckily, part of my research includes examining different strategies for managing work-life boundaries, so I have a wealth of information to draw from.
- Be mindful. A recent article in the Journal of Applied Psychology focuses on the benefits of mindfulness at work. Being mindful is basically paying attention (being in the moment) and being open to things in a non-judgmental way. It is a practice that has been shown to have benefits in a lot of areas, but work isn’t usually at the top of one’s list. I admit, I struggle with this – but if I can manage to get into and stay in a state of mindfulness I tend to do better work and have more energy to do it. So, getting familiar with strategies that can help me be more mindful are on the agenda for 2013.
What’s on your list of resolutions?