New Year Leadership

Blog Sept 25 - Leadership2015 is right around the corner and it’s time to step up your leadership skills. As a Jaycee, you’re already an active member of the community – initiating projects, getting involved, and helping others. It’s time to expand your role from a participant to a leader, and there’s a great article in Forbes by Leagh Turner, Chief Operating Officer of SAP Canada to help you.

The following tips will ensure you are on the right path to becoming an exceptional leader.

Tip 1:     Build a team of personal challengers. To continue progressing, leaders must find ways to constantly challenge themselves. Developing a set of mentors, coaches, advisors, and friends will help you assemble expertise in a breadth of industries and roles – key people to help you in future projects.

Tip 2:     Convene and intervene. Bring people together under a common purpose and rather than simply directing their efforts, sit back and let them advance new ideas and solutions. Intervene by using your leadership position as an opportunity to shape their thoughts and growth. It will help you understand your people, and lets everyone feel engaged in the process.

Tip 3:     Two-to-one. When coaching people in a professional or personal environment, use a 2:1 ratio for positive to negative comments. By creating more positives, you give people’s egos a boost, and encourage them to work on the areas that can be improved. Too many negative comments can result in disassociation and a lack of motivation.

Tip 4:     Flying high and diving deep. Organizational leadership requires an ability to understand strategy at the higher levels, and also the day-to-day operations of the team. As a leader, realizing when to focus on the big picture and when to dive into the details is a big part of success. Work on balancing the two roles. It will not only keep you abreast on all aspects of the organization, it will help build trust in your decision-making from your team.

Tip 5:     Give, give, give, gone. Time is incredibly valuable these days. How you manage your schedule is critical to overall success. When people are asking you for something, give them your undivided attention, and try to accomplish as much as you can while you’re with them. When they leave, move onto the next thing – people get what they need from you and you’re always ready for the next challenge.

Work these tips into the start of 2015 and you’ll get results on your path to exceptional leadership. Do you have any suggestions for simple ways to improve your overall leadership? Share them on our Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to hear from you!

Annual Self Assessment

Active Citizen Framework Infographic EN A3The end of the year is a great time to take a look back at how you performed during the previous year. Did you meet most of your personal and professional goals? What did you do that worked out well and what could be improved upon? Using this information can help your prepare for the upcoming year and help you better understand how to most effectively use your valuable time. Here are a few tips that will help you focus and get the most out of your self-assessment.

  1. Study your successes. If you’re like most folks, you’ve already done some analysis on the goals that you didn’t accomplish. Instead of drowning yourself in what you could have done differently, spend more time looking at what you did right. It will help you in the next step.
  2. Have a plan for your evaluation. It’s not enough to simply make a list and check off what you did well versus what could be improved. Make notes about the specific successes and look for patterns and processes you can apply to upcoming projects.
  3. Admit your mistakes. To avoid repeating past difficulties you have to understand what you can improve on. Having a sense of the mistakes you made during the year will assist you in analysing and planning better solutions if these challenges arise again during 2015.
  4. Be objective about yourself. Remember, you are the only person who will be reading this self-assessment – unless you choose to share it. Thus, there’s no value in embellishing your accomplishments. Be honest about your progress and you will begin with a truer overall evaluation.
  5. Look for new connections. Think about local expertise in the areas you need to improve, then go out and make the connections. You set yourself up to learn some new skills, and you directly address your biggest areas of need.

Blog Global TrendsTaking the time to review 2014 from your perspective can go a long way to ensuring an even better 2015. Using December as a time period to review the previous year will help you prepare in advance for the New Year, and help you hit the ground running in January.

Do you have any suggestions to share regarding self-assessment? Your idea could help your fellow Jaycees – so share them! Our Facebook and Twitter pages are always open