Do you work by your own values?
Our identity as leader and as a person for that matter is incredibly important, and so it’s critical that you are as clear as possible who it is that you are trying to be. Authenticity is also critical to highly effective leadership, and so if you are or have been living by someone else’s values, it is time to set yourself free. Strange as this may sound so many people compromise their performance by trying to live to a set of standards that they don’t own, for a whole variety of very genuine reasons such as parental expectation, role models or training courses, etc...
I want you to think for a moment about how you wish for people to remember you in answering the following questions.
What do you want people to remember you for? What would you like them to say about you?
I recommend that you Challenge your answers until you are 100% happy with what you have written against each of these answers. Knowing the answers to these questions will allow you to become far more purposeful in your approach and style as a leader. Do bear in mind however, that this is about you, not your team, or your department etc..., there are very few statues anywhere around the world to a team.
To help you in your new focus and purpose going forward, I would ask you to stop and think about the five greatest achievements of your life so far.