This message is short and sweet but potent for you as a leader—if you want to be at your best.
Recently I discovered three trademarks of first–class leaders (through my work with Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching).
You’ll notice that when you focus on any of these three behaviours you’ll develop hugely useful insights into your personal next step and create opportunities for you to accelerate towards first–class leadership.
Already good leaders become better leaders when they get a boost in just one of the three categories.
Imagine how you’d be if you could shift up a gear in all three!
How would you be thinking if you scored 10/10 on courage?
What would you be doing differently if you were entirely courageous?
What about the most awkward of conflicts—what would impressive courage look like with them?
What sorts of thoughts would you have with 10/10 humility?
In which situations do you have scope to be more humble?
Specifically, which of your behaviours would change if you amplified your humility?
How much discipline do you have when it’s needed?
Rigour, application, consistency, control, follow–through—how would others describe you?
In which areas of your work would greater discipline pay off?
Your Action Steps
Thinking about 10/10 as the ideal for each of the three trademarks—which of your scores are high—and which could do with attention?
Our most important question is this…
What important next step will you take with either courage, humility or discipline that will have you taking a giant step forward towards being a first–class leader?
“I really valued being able to run scenarios of possibilities through with someone who was not directly inside the business. And having a sounding board for why an action could be perceived a different way from that viewed my myself. Really appreciated your help with these things Carolyn. It was great to have a navigator to share the journey with.”
—Director, FMCG company
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn Stevens has worked with leaders for more than 25-years—hundreds of them.
She’s supported leader after leader (including those who previously struggled to confront the difficult, let alone persuasively deal with the it) flourish—and become confident, courageous and impressively influential.
Carolyn is authentic and results-oriented. She draws on an eclectic array of approaches, tools and techniques to suit the situation.