After resting and recharging during the holidays, most managers enter January ready to tackle the new year. The feeling of a fresh start gives almost everyone the incentive to hit the ground running and make 2020 the best year yet.
While you can’t predict many of the things that will happen in 2020, you can be sure that there will be changes and periods of uncertainty. What is certain is that your leadership skills will be called upon more than once. So, here are some leadership resolutions that will help you through the rough patches during the year:
Lead yourself first
Your value as a leader is heavily dependent on the state of your health and fitness. Many people use the new year as an impetus for starting an exercise program. Unfortunately, those resolutions often don’t make it through January.
But healthy people have more energy, and leaders need lots of that. Here are a few lifestyle changes that will help you toward your most successful year as a leader:
- Start (and stick to!) an exercise program, or increase your activity some other way
- Eat a nutrient-rich diet
- Get plenty of sleep
- Manage day-to-day stress before it becomes chronic
Help your employees to develop
Helping your employees to grow professionally will provide additional benefits to you and your company. Ask your people about their goals and then support them by helping them to focus on the areas and opportunities that will lead to fulfilling those goals.
Allow them the flexibility to direct their attention to the training when necessary, and continue to support them when they have completed it. Talk to your employees about what they have learned and how they can apply it within the organization.
Schedule fewer meetings
Meetings are often the bane of a productive day. People complain about the waste of time many of these meetings have become. Begin the new year by pledging to have meetings only when they are absolutely necessary. Many of these get-togethers can be done via email. If you must meet, make sure to invite only those who are required. Come up with an agenda, stick to it, and end it as soon as you have achieved the goals for the meeting.
Become a digital learner
The top leaders are always acquiring new skills and exploring new areas of knowledge to stay on pace with rapidly changing technology. And because your plate is usually full and your time is at a premium, you will undertake much of your learning digitally.
Set aside time each week and commit to learning something that will enhance your leadership abilities. The real learning will happen after you use it in your work, so apply the newly acquired skill as soon as you can.
Also, pat yourself on the back for committing to be the best leader possible. You’ll be reinforcing the value of continuing education.
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