This article has been designed to reflect on your progress, record your success, and stay on track to reach your personal and professional goals as an executive, aspiring leader, or manager. After you have read the entire article, then make use of it to build upon your mastery of leadership as you engage yourself and others for success.
How can you lead better? Being a leader or manager would help to consider the difference and how you would lead more effectively. To answer this question, read the article in the Harvard Business Review, “Great Leaders Embrace Office Politics,” by Michael C. Wenderoth, published on April 11, 2016. The main focal point is that your incremental improvements lead to your overall success.
Tap Inner Resources
In the first step, determine how you can lead people with a plan to work on them. It is time to Tap Inner Resources! Write these inner resources down now. Write it down by using the SWOT analysis below:
- Write down your strengths.
- Write down your weaknesses.
- Write down your opportunities.
- Write down your threats.
Conduct a SWOT Analysis
Then, write down how you can take advantage of your opportunities and avoid your threats:
- Write down how you can build your strengths.
- Write down how you lessen your weaknesses.
- Write down how you can take advantage of your opportunities.
- Write down how you can avoid your threats.
Now that you have conducted your SWOT analysis, you need to identify your obstacles:
- Write down your current obstacles.
Next, write your action plans:
- Write down your To-Do-List to help you reach your goals and objectives, and most importantly, write your action plans to accompany your goals.
Develop a Personal Strategy
Now that you have identified your obstacles and action plans, develop a personal strategy that is a significant milestone in your work and personal life:
- Write down what you can begin to do to enhance your success as a leader or aspiring leader during the post-pandemic recovery.
Then, determine how you can best lead yourself. Ask yourself:
- Am I on the right track? If so, do I value the things that will result in my high performance? Am I a team player? If so, How? If not, why not?
4 Functions of Management
Once you determine your leadership level and how you can lead yourself to be a great team player, use the four functions of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) to help you succeed in your endeavors.
Now, as we face the post-pandemic recovery, answer the following questions:
- How can I better control my performance to achieve my goals and objectives?
- How can I lead myself better ascertain my goals and objectives?
- How can I become more organized to accomplish my goals and objectives?
- What plans can I make to ensure my goals and objectives are met?
- After writing them, place them on your To-Do- List.
After identifying what makes you an effective leader, determine your feelings about your leadership style. What is the post-pandemic new work scenario for you? Write it down in one to three sentences.
Feel good about yourself and your work and career. Ascertain a high level of self-efficacy. Write down how you show courage. Think of how fearless or fearful you are. Do you respect your fear? Do you attempt to master your awareness of fear? Do you act despite some level of fear being present? Think about and write down how you will address your fear.