The only thing more frustrating than following a leader who is stale is being a leader who is stale. Keeping a fresh perspective is absolutely necessary for any leader.
Often times it’s NOT a new perspective that we need, but a fresh perspective. That is why I wanted to bring this to you today.
If you’re feeling stale or feeling like you've been off your A-game, I’m hoping to remind you of that time when you felt at the top of your game. Because nobody wants to follow a leader with a stale perspective!
Here are 7 tools that I have put into practice in my own life that I believe will help you keep a fresh perspective.
1. Ask yourself questions.
I regularly ask myself 5 questions:
What is my mission?
Who is my client?
What does my client value?
What is my plan?
What are my results?
Good questions inform. Great questions transform.
2. Know what you bring to the Table.
I have found this tool very challenging, but also very effective. I ask myself a couple of questions: What is it that you are offering to the world that the world would miss if you left your post? What are the areas in your life where your contribution matters?
Know your strengths and the value you bring to the world! How you do what you do can change, but what you do shouldn’t change.
3. Be Yourself
The greatest gift one human being can give another is to offer themselves. This comes from focusing on who you are more than what you do. You will always be better at being yourself, then trying to be someone or something your not. In the end, who we are spills over into what we do. But what we do cannot define who we are.
4. Keep It Fresh
Change is always just around the corner. I believe you are either evolving (growing and getting better) or becoming stagnant. Just because something is working today it will continue to work tomorrow.
Often we only recognize the need to change after it's too late. Be careful with this! Learn to be PROACTIVE!!
5. Commit to Growth.
This has become one of my top priorities each year and it’s been the catalyst for incredible growth throughout my adult life. I set big, audacious goals for my own growth and I form an intentional plan of how to accomplish them.
Staying committed to GROWTH is critical for keeping a fresh perspective in leadership (and Life). I am where I am today because of the commitment that I have made for years and years to a personal development plan.
Remember Growth isn't Easy...It's Necessary!!!
6. Discipline Is The Key.
John Maxwell often tells a story of the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden would begin each season by watching his players at practice shoot from all over the court. Then he would identify the spot where each player was most effective so that he could develop plays that set his players up in their sweet spots.
Coach Wooden understood that knowing your strengths and staying true to your sweet spot will consistently bring the best results. This takes personal discipline.
Focus on the disciplines that make you successful. The disciplines that have brought you to where you are will be the disciplines that bring you through when the pressure is on.
7. Ask yourself 3 questions at the end of every day.
What did I learn today?
How did I grow today?
What will I do differently?
If you don't plan to do anything differently tomorrow, you didn’t learn anything today. And if you didn’t learn anything today you won't be better tomorrow.
Give it a shot. Apply these 7 tools to your life and I believe you will be able to keep a fresh perspective.