The Cost of Losing "Just" One Team Member

I am amazed at how many leaders don't know the cost of losing good people. They often only associate administrative costs, recruiting costs, and interviewing time toward the overall impact when a good person leaves.

The challenge is that the true costs are so much more.

Practice

A great way to develop as a leader is to practice. Yes, literally practice.

For example, if you have found that you struggle being courageous in meetings, find some low risk opportunities to speak up. Practice.

Or, if you just go along for the sake of getting along, find a low risk opportunity to challenge the status quo. Practice.

Or, if you doubt yourself and defer to others, sit up straight and look the part unit there is no doubt. Practice.

Faster Horses

If Henry Ford held focus groups, people would have asked for faster horses.

 

"Just Getting Through the Day"

"I spend so much time just getting through the day and don't have time to think about long-term planning."

This is a common statement I hear in my leadership development coaching sessions. The challenge is that what got you here as a leader, won't get you to the next level of leadership.

Here are a few ideas to help you transition into your role.

Experiences, People, and Events

As you seek to enhance your effectiveness, it's important to look back on your life and understand how key experiences, people, and events have impacted your habits and patterns of thinking.

Reflect on three time periods:

  1. The past 1-3 years.
  2. When you transitioned from school into the workplace.
  3. Your earlier years.

How have these experiences, people, and events shaped your thinking? How do they impact how you "show up" in the workplace?

Are Leaders Born?

“Are leaders born?”

This is an interesting question that I am often asked in the leadership development programs we run at 5.12 Solutions.

We believe that leadership isn’t about being charismatic and it’s not about some magical qualities that are bestowed upon you at birth. And you don’t have to go through special forces training as a rite of passage. Leadership is about employing key skills and behaviors on a consistent basis.

And those skills and behaviors can be learned.

Can or Can't?

Do your conversations typically start with "can" or "can't?"

One generates dialogue. The other shuts it down.

If you answered "it depends," you fall into the "can't" category.

How self-aware are you?

As you build your capacities as a leader it is critically important to enhance your level of self-awareness. Self-awareness is often equated to emotional intelligence. It can also be seen as deepening your understanding of how your behaviors impact others and how you are impacted by other people.

Why would you want to deepen your level of awareness? After all, your "I am what I am" attitude has worked well for you.

Deepening your self awareness will enable you to:

Leadership Competencies and Capacities (Part 6)

Where do You Go From Here?

This series of posts started out with the question, "Are leaders born?"

Our response has been "No." Leadership can be learned. We can learn the key competencies and capacities to elevate our effectiveness.

Here are some recommended next steps to guide your path forward.

Leadership Competencies and Capacities (Part 5)

In this series of posts, we have been exploring leadership development from two perspectives – competencies and capacities. In our last two posts, we focused on the limiting internal belief of Controlling and Protecting. Today, our focus is on Complying.

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