By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

12/29/14

 

2015 is right around the corner. As the New Year approaches people begin to post about their goals, resolutions, aspirations, etc. The same thing is said every single year. There are goals about finances, education, health, fitness, and other typical themes.

However, it is hardly ever that I hear of people discussing their leadership goals for the New Year. It does not matter what type of leader you are. You could be a leader in the corporate world. Or you might be a leader on your college campus or in the community. All leaders need to set goals. If not, then one begins doing the same old thing. Nothing ever changes.

Stagnant leadership is not only detrimental for the leader but the organization that is being led. A leader should always want to advance, grow, and change for the better, If not your organization will become dull, not motivated, and the work of the organization cannot get done. An organization marches to the beat of the leaders drum.

I have outlined 5 easy things any leader can

do to advance their leadership in the New Year.

 

1. Attend a Leadership Conference.

Treat yourself to a leadership conference. This is an opportunity to get away from your daily life. Leaders are often the ones who are pouring out into the people they lead. This is a time for you to retreat and learn from leadership experts and professionals. These people know exactly what to do to keep you motivated. At these conferences you have the opportunity to meet colleagues and peers in whatever area of leadership you are in.

2. Read, Read, and Read some more.

It amazes me when people say they do not like to read. As a leader, reading should be something you do daily. There are many excellent books on leadership. Or you can read a few leadership articles online. It is important to stay fresh and current on leadership best practices. Not only should you keep what you read to yourself but suggest these books or articles to those you are leading. This would make for great conversation during a meeting. It also will strengthen your team.

3. Get Rid of All Distractions

If there are things that are distracting you from excellence in leadership get rid of it. I know it sounds hard to do but it is really that simple. If you are distracted by your phone throw it away. I am totally kidding. However, you can put it on do not disturb or silence your phone when you are in meetings. Limit the amount of time you spend on social media if you are obsessively on it and cannot complete your tasks. If your social life is a distraction then you need to prioritize your time more.

4. Social Media is for more than Selfies

Social media is a great way to advance your leadership. There are plenty of people within your area of leadership to connect with. Leadership professionals and experts often post resources via social media. Most successful leaders are on social media. It is a great way to engage in conversation and find out about phenomenal events, conferences, and workshops to attend.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Do not try to do everything on January 1st. If you do then you will be burnt out on February 1st. You have a whole year to accomplish goals. Make sure that you take breaks as a leader. Every single day you should take a break. This break does not consist of checking emails while watching a movie. Disconnect from the world and your leadership responsibilities. It is impossible for everyone to run and never relax. You are only useful if you are well enough to take care of the task. Therefore, take care of you by any means necessary.

 

This article touches on a few ways to advance your leadership. If you would like to take it to the next level contact me for a leadership consultation. Happy New Year and best of luck in 2015.

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