Do you have enough leadership mojo to take you where you want to go? Or is it time to reignite your energy, purpose and direction?
“Renew your inspiration to run. Try a new route, find a fresh path and re-energise your reason to run.” – Unknown
For many of us the last few years have been BIG: Big personally and professionally; big politically, big economically, and big organizationally. Not only has it been characterized by high levels of volatility and uncertainty but also by the rapid pace at which we have had to navigate the path and the ever growing need to do more with less…. A LOT more with a LOT less.
For some it has provided incredible opportunities and seen new levels of success attained, but for others the huge momentum of these times has simply created nothing more than an overwhelming feeling of motion sickness. Whilst it hasn’t been all negative or detrimental, it has seen many leaders left with nothing more than a feeling of scraping through on empty fuel tanks and a lack of energy and enthusiasm to continue moving forward.
All too often as way of keeping up with the pace and developments of these times many have found themselves switching to autopilot mode. Whilst this mode of going through the motions may yield results in the short term it can have a significant impact in the long term on how we think, assess, make decisions and move forward with our roles as leaders and in our careers. It can leave us feeling disempowered and lacking control.
One of the key dangers of the business and leadership autopilot mode is assuming that the past will ensure the future. The reality is the knowledge and skills that have got us to where we are today are not necessarily going to take us to where we want to go tomorrow. What will is our ability to embrace new understandings, new solutions and new mastery. AND we can’t do this without finding our leadership mojo.
So how do we blow out the cobwebs, switch out of autopilot mode and re-ignite our leadership mojo?
Greg Mckeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less looks at why highly successful capable people fail to breakthrough to the next level. His findings indicate that our success can all too often be the catalyst for failure. He suggests that in learning to apply more selective criteria to what we do and pursue we will regain control of our own choices, which in turn allows us to channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution towards what really matters to us.
As way of helping you regain your career and leadership mojo I would encourage you to think about the 6 tips below and how you can best apply them:
No leader navigates their career and leadership pathway without conscious reflection and tweaking. To build and maintain your leadership mojo you need to invest in it. Invest in building it and protecting it. When you do, you will not only be rewarded with greater energy and enthusiasm but so too will your teams and the businesses that you lead.
Ask yourself: Is it time to flick the autopilot switch to off?
As always I would love to hear your thoughts.
Margot Andersen – The Career Diplomat
The roots of courageous leadership are firmly planted in self awareness, ownership and accountability.
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When at a career crossroads, give yourself room to imagine what’s possible without any guilt.
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