If you are interested in improving your leadership style, remember the following:
1. Keep Moving & Stay In The Game
The best leaders are out there leading. When you are on the sidelines or retired, there is too often a tendency to become a critic.
Imagine an actor watches a movie with a different eye than a critic does. Although both viewpoints are valuable, the actor possesses a different grace in evaluation. The actor sees from within. They are a functional part of the industry. The critic, on the other hand, sees from the outside.
When it comes to improving leadership style, it is to your advantage to stay in the game and keep leading. When you are engaged, most often you are improving.
For example: if you exercise at the gym, you will not always see results immediately. And when the results are not coming, the tendency is to quit. But don’t. The results are on their way; you just need to stick with it. Because when you are invested, you are improving.
If the trails and tribulations of leadership have sidelined you, then get back in the game. The most relevant and useful leaders are the leaders who are leading.
2. Take Time To Reflect
Reflection is defined as the reverting of the mind to that which has already occupied it; also, that operation or power of the mind by which it is conscious of its own acts or states; the capacity for judging rationally, especially when faced with a moral predicament.
Confucius said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
Put simply, reflection is to think upon what you have done or what was done. It is a fine art. Reflection shows that you value your actions and the message they are sending. Reflection is the art of a responsible leader.
3. Open Yourself Up To Constructive Criticism In a Safe Environment
It is a simple truth; you cannot see all your blind spots, and others can see your blind spots. So every good leader needs to open up to safe constructive criticism.
Constructive Criticism is defined as “criticism or advice that is useful and intended to help or improve something, often with an offer of possible solutions.”
So whom should you choose to offer you constructive criticism? Well for starters consider someone who reflects the words “safe” and “constructive.” Criticism only works in your favor if it is safe and constructive. A close friend or a trusted co-worker who has your best interests in mind is a good person to start.
To lead well, you must improve continuously. And to improve continuously, you must keep leading, take time to reflect on how you are leading and submit yourself to safe and constructive criticism.