Celebrating Being Independent

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This week, I’m celebrating being independent.

What?  How is that good leadership?

Through a lot of self-reflection lately, I’ve been reminded of all the qualities of great leadership.  My clients and I have been working on Clarity, Communication, Conflict, and work  Cultures.  In order to do that, it takes a lot of looking into who you are as a leader and what you want.

If you look up the word Independent in the dictionary there are more than 17 definitions!  Looking deeper, you will see that a lot of them apply to leadership.  For example:

possessing a competency

thinking or acting for oneself

or in my case specifically:

working for oneself or for a small, privately owned business

It is so easy to get caught up in being busy.  We all have a TON of work to get done, and there never seems to be enough hours in the day.  But, when you can take time to look at who you are and celebrate some of that, you can help your team be more efficient, more productive, and more engaged.

Think about this quote from Ann Landers,

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

Bring that back to work and look at your team.  What if the quote read:

“It is not what you do for your team, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

 

As leaders, many of us are independent.  Celebrate that, it probably got you to where you are today.  Now go teach your team how they can be independent as well!

 

2016-12-02T10:24:55+00:00

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