Have you taken some time to reflect on 2019 and look at how you can level up in 2020? As leaders, we’re constantly balancing many responsibilities, and it can be easy for us to become overwhelmed or burned out. And it can be harder and harder to get the motivation back and maintain stable performance.
We see it time and time again with our clients.
So here are our top ways to improve your leadership skills in 2020
It’s so easy to make excuses when it comes to your physical health. There wasn’t enough time to get lunch, to exercise, to get a break or to meditate. When you neglect your physical health, you are compounding the problem, your energy levels and overall health suffer. And this can impact how you feel mentally too.
Create a daily routine that incorporates some exercise, healthy eating, breaks and meditation and your body and mind will love you for it. When we feel better, we can perform better.
Retrain your habits
We all have destructive or self-sabotaging habits. Some of us are aware of the impacts of these habits, and others aren’t. Start by noticing patterns in your daily or weekly routines. And without judgement, start at looking at how you might change that habit. Maybe through visualisation, being mindful or just making a conscious effort to change the habit one day at a time.
Starting each day with the right mindset will set you up for success. Think about how you want to show up as a leader each day. Do you want to come in high energy, feeling fresh and ready to take on the day? Mindset is a choice; you can be the decisive, inspirational leader or you can let negativity take over. Whenever you feel like you are feeling low energy, take a break, take time off or find somewhere quiet to breathe or meditate so you can reset and realign.
There are only 24 hours in a day, and you only have so much energy to spend. As a leader, you need to play your time effectively. And you need to remove unnecessary activities from your day. Planning your day for work and home will help you prioritise or delegate tasks; either way, it frees you up to do what you do best.
Tap into your Passion
We all need a passion. Without passion, we’re just going through the motions. Passion means that you’re doing what you love. As a leader, focus on the parts of your role that you are passionate about, and how you can bring that passion to others each day. There’s always going to be tasks that don’t inspire you but taping to that passion will create energy and enthusiasm that will get you through the more mundane tasks and help you achieve your goals.
Goals and Action plans
You can read endless blogs and books on goals and action plans. Ultimately, you want to set up goals that will get you to your long-term vision by setting up short term targets. Break down the big picture into more achievable actions so that you can create a plan that will help you achieve them.
We’re not islands. We need support. Having supportive relationships, whether it’s at home, a mentor or supporters who act as sounding boards, will help you get to your goal quicker. Other people can provide insights and advice, or they can give you a new direction that you never thought of. Develop a support system in both your personal and professional life.