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CLOSE THE GAP CHALLENGE: Perfect Time to Refine as a Leader

Posted By Kim Watson, Corporate Alliance Production, Tuesday, April 7, 2020

More than ever, leaders are having to lead in innovative (and sometimes inventive) ways. There are so many important attributes of leadership. However, I’d like to focus on four, and then propose 2 Questions and a Challenge.

PURPOSE

Recent events have required leadership modifications. Some are floundering during this unprecedented time. Others are thriving and exhilarated. What makes the difference? Although there are probably many good answers to that question, one of the primary drivers for thriving is meaning.

Tyranny of the urgent is often the life of a leader. But once defined, purpose becomes the rudder that sets direction … always. Not just when it’s smooth sailing, but also when it’s stormy weather.

In case you struggle to clearly define your purpose, perhaps you could simply ask yourself what you truly want to be known for. With that answer, set sail.

PERSPECTIVE

The most excellent performers have fans and critics. They also have mentors and coaches – people who help them pay attention to the things they aren’t paying attention to.

If you want to know how you are doing as a leader, perhaps it’s time to get perspective from others. And if you want to be a really great leader, don’t just ask the people who will tell you only what you want to hear. Listen to everyone and then decide what you want to focus attention on.

In this instance, you could ask others what you are known for. With this information, you may realize that although you had a destination in mind (your purpose), you may be off course.

PLAN

Many people with an amazing purpose and focused perspective are ineffective because they do not have a plan.

Goal setting is required to intentionally focus action. Once goals are set, developing a plan is critical to moving a fanciful thought (or even your purpose) from dream to reality.

PARTICIPATION

I don’t know who said it, but I believe it’s true: Nobody ever got into shape by watching Arnold Schwarzenegger lift weights. You can have the best purpose, perspective and plan, but if you do not participate you end up with a different “P”: pointless.

And speaking of getting into shape, resistance training is incredible. So, if you face resistance in executing your plan, remember that those who physically train do that on purpose in order to get stronger. So, once you have that purpose, perspective and plan – participate and push through.

CLOSE-THE-GAP CHALLENGE

In summary, whether you have a clearly defined purpose for yourself as a leader or if this is a first pass at that important step, I have two questions and a challenge.

·         Question 1: What DO YOU WANT to be known for?

·         Question 2: What ARE you known for?

·         CHALLENGE: What specific steps – including embracing resistance – are you going to take to close the gap between Question 1 and Question 2?

·         BONUS: You can complete this “Close the Gap Challenge” process for your organization as well.

 

Kim Watson has over 25 years’ experience as a consultant/project manager identifying, building and managing teams for others. Her natural curiosity on the formation and mobilization of ‘best’ teams prompted her to study people. So, along with her many successful years of corporate, non-profit and governmental consulting, she completed a Master’s and a PhD in performance psychology. She is also a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and Six Sigma Green Belt Professional. She takes pride in being a champion of people and processes so that organizations, those entrusted to sustain them, and those who benefit from them are successful.

Kim helps Business Leaders bolster employee engagement, reduce turnover, and minimize applicant interview time. She helps eliminate costly bad hires, uncover hidden talent, and increase bottom line revenue. Leveraging a scientific trait device with impressive validity and reliability, Kim is armed with laser-accurate data and a unique entrepreneurial mindset to help leaders change the way they think about people for the rest of their lives. www.alliancepro.com 

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