What is the point in you being in a Leadership role?
You might be shaking your head right now, saying, “I have no idea”.
Are you lost?
Leaders of all kinds get lost. They loose track of where they are, what they are supposed to be doing and for what reason. If you are one of these lost leaders, you might notice you spend more time running around putting out fires, rather than on what you "should" be doing. Leaders who are lost seem to miss the priorities. Because of this they often burn themselves out. If you are lost, you might feel, well actually, you might feel lost!
My clients say things to me like:
When a leader looses their way, they become bitter, agitated and not very much fun to work for.
The whole point of leadership is that we are going somewhere
The reason we have leaders in leadership is for some specific reason and because of that reason, people will follow us.
So what is your purpose?
What is your point or your purpose in leading this organization?
That question may be harder to answer. Yet when you find the answer(s) and identify your core purpose, it’s easier to lead and people will follow you more willingly.
Your purpose may seem to change over time
I found that my purpose seemed to changed many times in my duration as leader. At times my purpose was to get my team through accreditation, contract negotiations or proposal writing. I had the purpose many time of getting new programs up and running. At other times, the purpose in my role was to build a strong team after some challenges. Now though, looking back, my overall purpose I see was to grow the staff that reported to me. It was to leave a legacy of leadership.
Now looking back, I consider the staff that used to report to me. I see where I gave them skills, tools and confidence to step into their leadership. I wish I’d seen that more clearly back then. I believe it would have allowed me to get clearer with them, provide them with more opportunities and training.
What about you? Are you running around like a chicken with your head cut off, not knowing where you are going? It might be time to find some direction.
#leadwithpurpose means you have a clear sense of what you are doing and where you are going as the leader of your team and of the organization.
Finding your core purpose
So how do you find your purpose? It’s not a simple, two-minute exercise. It is a mindful process that takes some time. If you want to get clear on your purpose, intentionally set aside some time to go through the process of review, reflection and identification.
Have some conversations. Talk to you staff, peers, colleagues, family and perhaps a Coach.
It’s also great to do this kind of work in a group. Work together with some peers to mine for the gold!
Start somewhere with identifying what your core purpose it. You may alter it and tweak it as time goes on to get the words right.
If you are looking for some help to find your core purpose, you might want to consider my Growing Great Women Leaders training. Together with a group of women, you will reflect and learn to become the leader you want to be. Yes, you will come out with identifying your purpose.
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