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Use the Power of Your Community to be a Better Leader

The new year is an auspicious time for setting leadership goals/intentions/themes for the year. The calendar rolling over is a metaphorical clean slate for us to change course or start on a new path. It’s also a huge time for sharing these leadership goals/intentions/themes with others.

Hold on though. There is some slightly conflicting research on sharing your goals with your community.

On the one hand, telling people what you plan to do as a leader creates a sense of accountability because all those people have expectations for you to follow through, and so you share in that expectation and are more likely to take action.

On the other hand, there is the psychological reality that your nervous system can’t tell the difference between doing something and thinking about doing it. We can elevate our heart rate by thinking about something scary or uncomfortable, for example. In this way, you can create a sense of “I’m a better leader now” through the act of talking about working on your leadership or sharing your thoughts about how you would work on it with other people.

So what’s a person to do?

  • Consider focusing your attention on habits instead of goals.

  • Devise objectively measurable steps to get you where you want to go (share your deadlines for those steps with friends)

  • Every time you find yourself talking about your leadership goals/intentions/themes stop the conversation and immediately engage in activity that moves you forward.

  • Set positive consequences for milestones you achieve and share these with your community.

  • Engage in both conscious and subconscious goal attainment (take a break sometimes!)

Use these tips to maximize the power of your community supporting your growth.

Good luck!

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