“There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen.”
GPS PROMPT: WHERE AM I?
Just as when we get in the car and begin to program our destination into the GPS, we also need to do the same to ourselves. It’s called SELF-EVALUATION. You need to be humble enough to know exactly who you are. Identify exactly what you are good at and what you aren’t good at. Capitalize on your strengths, and find the time to build your abilities where you have weakness.
Put your ego aside, be honest, and begin your plan of action to execute.
GPS PROMPT: HOW FAR TO DESTINATION?
You will need a map to navigate this journey and achieve the successful outcome that you are capable of.
Let’s begin the journey; in this case, we will define that “journey” as a major business objective that you are responsible for leading. Just like with a long trip, you wouldn’t go into it without preparation. The same holds true for leadership. You will need a specific plan, with identified roles and responsibilities, analytics, clarification of goals and the definition of success.
Use S.M.A.R.T. goals to create your plan: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time frame.
GPS PROMPT: QUICKEST ROUTE?
We all catch ourselves checking the GPS to see how much longer until we arrive. Applying this concept to leadership is the most concerning to me. Just like in a car, leaders are in a rush to arrive at their destination. Leadership is an earned trust, and anything earned requires time. The journey toward being an effective leader cannot occur without time and EXPERIENCE.
If you rush the process, you have cheated yourself and those who are following you.
GPS PROMPT: TRAFFIC AHEAD?
Translate this to leadership and it’s called ADVERSITY. How will you respond? Most people stay within their comfort zone, relying on the excuse of “this is how we have always done it.” Success is not complicated, but it is difficult. It means you need to have the courage to take risks knowing that you may fail. That is a bold statement, but those who can maneuver around the excuses and/or fear are the ones who succeed in the long run.
The best way to prepare for adversity is to be prepared and have alternate plans. Option A doesn’t always work, so you need to be prepared with Plans B and C along the way.