Renewing Your Passion for Leadership
May 29, 2012
There are times in my leadership life when I sense I am nearing the edge. My spirit is screaming out stop, slow down, “take a break.” In fact when I become overwhelmed with the serious challenges our organization is facing, I begin to lose my joy, confidence, and peace. When I get tired, I don’t think as well and I begin to lose the optimism I usually carry. It is at these moments I know I need to take time to renew my passion for leadership.
But, how do you renew your passion for leadership when you face day-to-day demands? I propose four simple ways to experience renewal which will ultimately lead to a new level of invigoration about the future success of your organization.
Four Ways to Renew Your Passion for Leadership
- Listen to encouraging words from others.
- People will encourage you if you listen. Take time to thank them for their kind words. The act of thanking a colleague or friend who has offered encouragement acknowledges the person and allows you to feel “thanked and recognized.”
- People will give you signals about your giftedness if you listen. Hearing someone affirm one of your gifts is encouraging, but it is also a reminder to us that we “do not do have to do everything” but we must learn to stick to what we do best.
- Take time after a busy day to reflect about encouraging words you have received from others that affirm your gifts and strengths.
- Set aside uninterrupted time for reflection.
- Commit time in your calendar for times of reflection.
- Find your own “quiet place” where you can “get away” and be disconnected from the hustle and bustle and busy pace of life.
3. Re-commit to lead from your strength zone.
- In times of challenges and heavy workload it is an easy and natural inclination to simply “work harder” which really means you’ll be less effective and will eventually wear out.
- Take time to focus on your giftedness and strengths. Look for ways to apply your strengths in various situations.
- Performance will actually improve when you operate in your strength zone.
4. Remember, it’s not about you.
- It is easy to think that the “entire burden” rests on you as a leader, when in reality each of us has a distinctive role to play as a part of a greater team.
- Remember that your unique gifts and talents are a complement to a total team effort.
- It is important to view your leadership from a place of humility recognizing all things urgent and challenging do not fail or succeed based on your abilities. Others can solve problems and win the day.
- If you are truly operating in your strength zone, you’ll realize it takes a diverse group of individuals with a wide range of gifts to accomplish a great mission and vision.