From the Post: How to Motivate Yourself as a Leader: Unlocking Potential
One of the key factors in motivating yourself as a leader is self-awareness. We’re not talking about emotional self-awareness, it’s about understanding your strengths, weaknesses, and areas for growth allowing you to leverage your abilities effectively and seek support where needed.
Identify the skills required for effective leadership, such as communication, decision-making, delegation, and integrity, and proactively develop them through training, mentoring, or self-study. By continuously expanding your skillset, you will gain confidence and be better equipped to navigate the challenges that come with leadership.
Exercise | Deliberate practice
Grab your journal and start writing about what gets you up in the morning and going to work.
Ask yourself, what is your purpose as a leader? Be clear and honest with yourself.
Have an honest conversation with yourself. Write out your ideas, passions, thoughts, and dreams. I often talk about giving your team a safe space to talk, you need that space too. Allow yourself to daydream, and believe in what you can do and who you can be.
Find a couple of peers or leaders who might be asking themselves the same question and get together on a regular basis and share what you are writing. Ask each other what you see in each other as a leader. You might be surprised by what others see.
There is power in building your own community of leaders. Get a few leaders and peers together to meet on a regular basis. You create a safe space to have open and honest communication to share your challenges, struggles, and victories together. Leave your titles at the door and learn from and motivate each other without fear of repercussions.
This is a deep deliberate practice in self-awareness and exploration into how you see yourself and understanding your own personal motivation. Consider all the time you spend developing your team, take some of that time to develop yourself.