Leaders: Do you hold yourself accountable for your development?
It is not uncommon for leaders to question their path, particularly when there have been unmet challenges, efforts have far exceeded outcomes, or conversely, when the successes have come too frequently or effortlessly. For different reasons, these leaders reach a point when their perspective causes them to ask “Is this all there is?”
If you can relate, know that you are not alone. In fact, most people will ask this question at some point in their life. We have found that for leaders, it is not so much the question, but what they do in response that can have a dramatic impact on their personal direction, their family, and consequently, their teams and organizations.
We all own our path, but for leaders, clarity of direction is monumental. This responsibility cannot be abdicated. As leaders, we must hold ourselves accountable for discovering a direction that incites passion, a method of communication that inspires others to act, and ongoing learning and development so we can avoid obsolesces and be the kind of leader our organizations need now and into the future.