Managing Change Starts With You

June 9, 2020

Some time ago, I wrote about the importance of creating room for improvement in your life.

As an intentional leader, you spend a great deal of time working on improving yourself with the hope that it translates into improved leadership actions. As I reflected on my own self-improvement  a while back during a podcast by Marshall Goldsmith (he is the author of  What Got You Here, Won’t Get You There.)   As a personal life coach, Goldsmith was discussing how leaders need to continually work on themselves.

The question that came to my mind was, “Do you know what room in your leadership house should be the largest?” 

The answer should be your self-IMPROVEMENT room!

Now think about that for a second and ask yourself, “How big is my ROOM for IMPROVEMENT?” if it is like mine, your need is huge, but maybe your room is about the size of a small closet. Why?

Because each of us gets so caught up in the day-to-day activities that we often forget to work on our own self-improvement. This has made me rethink my commitment to self-improvement and to consciously expand the size of this room in my own Leadership House.

It has helped me reconnect with what I call the Four Pillars of Leadership: Mindset, Self-Reflection, Self-Healing, and Emotional Intelligence.  It’s made me realize that in order to expand my Room for Improvement, that I need a set of goals and a plan to get there. Do you have a plan? As the quote says, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Wishes cost nothing, but goals actually stare back at you and remind you of what you have accomplished. Don’t let that happen to you. Know why you are doing what you are doing. Set achievable, yet stretching goals that help you expand your personal improvement and grow yourself as a person and a leader.

How about you?…. I would love to hear how you work on self-improvement as a leader every day.

Please, join in the conversation…

Dean

“Do you know what room in your leadership house should be the largest?  The ROOM for Improvement!”

“We get so caught up in the day-to-day activities that we often forget to work on our own self-improvement.”

“This has made me rethink my commitment to self-improvement and to consciously expand the size of this room in my own Leadership House.”

“It has helped me reconnect with what I call the four pillars of leadership: mindset, self-reflection, self-healing and emotional intelligence.”

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