Whether you believe in the practice of making a resolution or not, the beginning of a new year is certainly the best time to work on forming new habits. It’s a fresh start to leave the past behind or build on the progress you’ve already made in the prior year. As a leader in your organization, you should always be looking for opportunities to improve and progress in the way you lead and challenge, not only your team, but yourself. Although 38% of Americans say they usually make a New Year’s resolution, only 8% are successful in achieving theirs. What can you do to achieve your leadership resolutions? Start with forming ones that are actually attainable, like these:
1. Set Goals High
A new year means moving forward and that means new goals. Challenge you and your team to set goals that will out do your achievements from 2016. How? Start with better goal alignment. 85% of respondents in a recent study said they aren’t sure what their company is trying to achieve. Kick off the new year with a quick chat about what the organization, as a whole, has in mind for the next 12 months. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or drawn-out, just make your overarching objectives known throughout the company.
But, don’t stop there. Setting goals is not a one-and-done activity. Make sure you and your team take the time to revisit your goals throughout the year and adjust accordingly. Surveyed organizations that have employees revise or review their goals at least quarterly were 3.5 times more likely to score in the top 25% of business outcomes.
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2. Advocate for Progress and Improvements
Progress is discussed and planned in meeting after meeting this time of year, but is there implementation? Where many strategies fall flat is the implementation to get the ball rolling or the upkeep needed to ensure everything keeps going as planned. Make it your job to implement these plans and measure progress throughout the year.
Not only should the progress of departments be discussed in these new year plannings and implementations, but so should the development and progress of your employees. 87% of Millennials say professional development or career growth opportunities are very important. Employees are your most valuable asset and taking the time throughout the year to have multiple conversations so they can continue to grow and strive is just as important to the overall success of a department.
3. Learn Something New
Whether it be new certifications or conferences, take the time to add some learning into your year. Learning is vital to the success of you and your team as the world rapidly shifts and changes. Make a list of recommended podcasts and books to up your knowledge and then share it with your team! In a recent Pew Research Center Study about lifelong learning and technology, 65% of participants said their learning in the past 12 months expanded their professional network and 47% said their extra training helped them advance within their current company.
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4. Lead By Example
This is sort of an all-encompassing resolution but if you can’t lead by example, why should your team follow you? Be the kind of leader you would want to follow yourself. What exactly does that kind of leadership look like? Take some time to sit down and come up with ideas as you get ready to make resolutions for the new year. Maybe it’s someone who relies on the open-door policy for feedback from their team or maybe someone who is constantly going to the members of their department to solicit input on the latest project. By living and breathing your resolutions for this coming year, your team members will be engaged motivated to follow.
What leadership resolutions are you making for 2017? Let us know in the comments!