by Jonathan Jones
By December, we should be planning for 2020. While we should be looking at the numbers and the projections, from a CultureCentric perspective, we should start by looking inward; looking at ourselves first. As a leader, you set the tone of the company. Looking back at 2019, the performance of the organization is a reflection of your leadership.
Were the expected results achieved or not achieved? Were you clear enough with expectations and did you put everyone in the right position to achieve the expected results? You get what you expect, and you get what you accept. What behaviors did you accept that did not support performance? Were the values of the company clear, did you live those values, and did you ensure the company was clear regarding those values? Is everyone in your management team in alignment in terms of objectives and values? Are people following you as a true leader or do they comply because you have the title or sign their check?
These are deep questions to answer that reflect on your leadership abilities. Take to time to reflect on each one of them. You can influence yourself and your behaviors more than you can change others. Stop now and deeply think about these questions before reading more.
Which of the above questions makes you squirm the most? Was there another issue that lingers in your mind that you know you can improve? What action are you going to take to improve as a leader?
Leaders who focus on their own development set an example for their team members. The investment of time and money you make in yourself as a leader can multiply your return in any other area. Focus on yourself before looking to improve others.
Jonathan Jones (Jonathan.firstname.lastname@example.org or 314-608-0783) is a CEO peer group chair/coach for Vistage International.