Every day we have opportunities to lead; how we go about it determines our impact. We wanted to create a simple framework where people could easily assess how they show up as a leader, the impact they have on those they lead, and whether it’s the right leadership opportunity at the right time.
1. Be Aware and Intentional When Assessing Your Leadership Opportunities
Every day we are confronted with opportunities to lead - on a project, managing a team, expressing a point of view, managing one on one interactions, or joining a board just to name a few. For each leadership opportunity it is critical to pause, reflect, and ensure it aligns with your values, goals, and purpose. Let's face it - there is never a shortage of requests for our time and resources.
a. Be clear about the expectations of the role you are taking
b. Ask yourself if this opportunity is really the right fit for you – will it help you grow and move you in the right direction personally and professionally
c. Ask yourself whether the timing is right. Do you have the bandwidth to show up and lead this opportunity effectively
d. If it is not a perfect fit, or even a good fit, but you still need to take it – then be clear on how you can leverage your strengths and make the most of the situation