Leadership Focus and Dynamic Leaders
Wow! What a week this is turning out to be….I have had the great fortune to connect and re-connect with three dynamic leaders. Although each of them are in a different phase of their career and life, they all had two things in common; the desire to add value to the lives of others and the desire to find a great career that allows them to use their professional skills.
One person is the sister of an acquaintance and she recently completed her social work degree and is now looking to start her career, one was my first year professor when I was at McMaster and she is exploring taking the next step up the career ladder in the hospital sector and the third is a colleague I used to work with and he is looking for a new career challenge in the seniors’ sector. My conversations with each of these dynamic leaders was related to career planning and development, their leadership focus and what they want to contribute in their career.
In reflecting on these career oriented leadership focus discussions I was reminded of why I decided to leave the corporate sector and pursue my passion of supporting others to achieve their success. I am very grateful that I am able to contribute to the success of others in the work I do each day.
Take a moment to think about where you are in your career – do you have a great attitude to achieve your altitude? Is your fortitude tested on some days and then you have a great sense of accomplishment when you overcome the challenge? Are you showing gratitude to your team, family and friends? We often don’t take the time to reflect on each of these…
To show my gratitude to you for reading this blog I would like to share with you my key areas of leadership focus – these help me to reach my goals and priorities. They are the 8 things that I review each day to ensure that I add value to the people and organizations that I work with. I encourage you to create your own leadership focus and feel free to borrow from mine if you think it adds value to your focus.
- 1. Consistently evaluate my talents, passion, team and market
- 2. Orient my time, resources and energies to apply myself to offering my value and having confidence in my decision making
- 3. Do great work and lead great work – give credit and gratitude to my team, clients, family and friends
- 4. Balance my labour intensity with my value by focusing on the highest-value work qualitatively, not quantitatively
- 5. Create and disseminate value based information to my team and clients on a consistent and continual basis
- 6. Create maximum equity in my community, and with my team, family and friends
- 7. Always remember that the definition of true value is unique to each person – find out what that value is to each client, resident, employee, friend, and colleague and offer it.
- 8. Being a great leader means, being humble, confident to take educated risks and being accessible and accountable – these will contribute to my success.