Leadership development and changing ourselves can be a daunting task, but it is the work required to become a great leader.
This is why it often surprises people when we tell them that leadership development is all about developing yourself.
Warren Bennis, in his book, On Becoming A Leader, says, “Becoming a leader is synonymous with becoming yourself. It is precisely that simple, and it’s also that difficult…First and foremost, find out what it is that you are all about, and be that.”
In other words, leadership development is about developing yourself.
As appealing as that sounds, it is one of the most resisted journeys that any human being can attempt to make.
Changing ourselves can appear to be a daunting task, but it is the work required to become a great leader. This is why it often surprises people when we tell them that leadership development is all about developing yourself.
One of the most extraordinary writers, thinkers, and influencers I have ever read is Auschwitz survivor Victor Frankl. He said, “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
My favorite definition of leadership says that: Leadership is about the deployment of self into circumstances.
But which of yourselves is deployed?
Is it your best self that shows up with clarity, conviction, courage, and compassion as the essential qualities of a great leader?
Or is it some other less powerful version of you?
The performance of the organization you lead will be in large part determined by how you show up to the most important people that you have been given the gift of leading.
That organization ranges from your family to your community, as well as the business organization that you lead.
When you decided to become a healthcare professional; a dentist, physician, or even a specialist, you decided to become a leader, whether you knew it or not.
That role as a leader comes with four promises that are universal.
We will examine those promises in a series of articles, and you will get the opportunity to determine how well you are keeping these promises.
Your future and the future of the organization you lead depends upon it.
The 4 Universal Promises of Leadership
- You promise you will set the right direction and create meaningful work.
- You promise you will engage all stakeholders and make self-accountability a high priority.
- You promise you will ensure that your strategies, systems and processes facilitate focus and execution.
- You promise you will lead effectively by maintaining relationships of trust to achieve and sustain results.
Stay tuned as we delve into promise # 1 – Set the right direction and create meaningful work.
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Dr. Joel Small and Dr. Edwin McDonald, the founders of Line of Sight Coaching, are dental practitioners, authors, speakers and Business Leadership Coaches who work with healthcare professionals to help them build more successful practices so they can live the balanced life they seek.