If you’re listening to this podcast, I must assume that you are interested in leadership development and becoming a high-impact leader. But the path to high impact can be confusing, and no journey is the same. And with all the advice and leadership books out there, it can be overwhelming. This week’s episode of Reflect Forward: Advice From a CEO highlights the top four areas you should focus on to be a high-impact leader.
Develop Other Leaders
The most important thing a leader can do is develop other leaders. You must be good at building a team, giving feedback, and helping people do their best work. Great companies and great teams are filled with great people, and no leader is successful on their own.
Embody Company Values
To be a high-impact leader, you must embody your company’s values and principles, even if they don’t serve your self-interest at the moment. Your people are watching you, and if you don’t walk the walk, all the company values are is a list of words on a wall poster.
Know When to Lead vs. Do
As you develop as a leader, you must learn to let go of doing and instead lead. Letting go isn’t always easy, especially when you base your value on the work you produce. But high impact leaders know that they must delegate effectively by setting clear expectations, giving smart goals, following up appropriately, and then getting out of the way.
Understand Emotional Impact
High impact leaders understand the emotional impact they have on their employees and company. Leaders should be emotionally impactful but in a positive way. Every word you say, every facial expression you make, has an emotional impact on somebody and with this comes great responsibility. Develop self-awareness and understand that you set the tone.
Question of the Week
This week’s question came from a podcast guest who asked me, “how are you so good at so many things?”
I giggled at this question because I think I am terrible at many things. But I am committed to excellence, and that’s why I work hard to develop my skills and talents. My best advice is this: if you want to be good at something, practice. Work at it. Practice makes progress, and when you make progress, you improve. It takes consistency, discipline and feedback to get good at something, and that’s why you’ve got to work at it. So pick a skill in which you want to excel and practice it. You will get better over time.
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