Leaders Set the Pace

Original author: Kendra Kinnison
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Leadership is a verb. No, I'm not mistaken. Just this word means active action. Leadership is a worldview, a conscious choice to take responsibility and inspire others.
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This article was published on October 20, and, reading the material, I realized that the ideas presented in it were very close to me, and then I decided that this article should be translated into Russian and shared with all interested. I did this, adding a little from myself.

If once we chose the path of leadership- we have to live it. This requires a system. I call it “The Daily March”, from Jim Collins’s book Great by Choice, which says you need to keep pace and walk your 20 miles to your goal every day, even if you are tempted to quit and stop too great.

Of course, everyone will have their own “daily 20 miles,” the main thing is to motivate themselves and others to achieve their goals. Collins explains that the “20 mile march” is more than just a philosophy. This is the mechanism that starts in you and allows you to stay afloat.

This march creates two types of voluntary discomfort for leaders:

1) an unwavering commitment to the need for high performance in difficult conditions;
2) the discomfort of “rolling back”, deterrence in favorable conditions.

Yes, there are many services that help one way or another to learn a foreign language. But I really felt uncomfortable with the fact that ideas that could benefit people are simply passively stored in my head. And yes, despite the fact that now it’s only heard about the crisis, I believe that we should not sit back, restrain ourselves and wait, but work hard, creating something new , which will become in demand just under these conditions.

We set the pace

If we are inconsistent and inconsistent, our teams will be the same. If we, it seems, never leave the office, then our employees will also think about whether they should do the same.

If we can find and demonstrate the right rhythm, our teams will understand that steady progress towards goals is what we are striving for.
“Financial markets are out of your control. Customers are also not under your control. Earthquakes - and even more so. World rivalry is also not up to you. Technological change is beyond your control. Most of the things in this world are a priori out of your control. But: if you are “on the march” - you are focused in the right direction, this leads your team forward, regardless of uncertainty, chaos and confusion! ”Jim Collins

And indeed it is. For myself, I formulate it a little differently: do what you should, and be what happens.

And all the members of our team follow this rule, performing their tasks, regardless of many external factors. Of course, we are all people, but the attitude to go forward helps a lot. Yes, we are mistaken, but we believe that it is more correct to understand the mistake, quickly rebuild and move on, albeit in a slightly different direction, but not stand still, lamenting about the incorrectness of the actions taken earlier.

We must take care of ourselves

What does the famous instruction for aircraft passengers say?

“Please put an oxygen mask on yourself before helping others”

Absolutely: if we are not able to take care of our own health and well-being, then how can we build a society in which everyone should be healthy and well-off?

Improper diet, lack of sleep and a sedentary lifestyle have a negative impact on:
  • energy level;
  • ability to concentrate;
  • ability to manage emotions.

Even knowing this, most responsible employees continue to ignore the needs of their body. The basic ideas for a healthy lifestyle should also be included in your daily 20-mile march.

We must constantly learn

Our world is changing at an unimaginable speed. What remains for us to keep up to date? Right! Constantly monitor these changes, learn something new.

Do you know what is the main common drawback of most top managers? They read little. They are experts in their field, but the world does not revolve only around the axis of their business.
Make it a rule to read at least 30 minutes a day (this can be audio books).

I try to follow this advice, in fact, and I came across this article for this very reason. Indeed, the horizons are expanding and the stereotyped stereotyped thinking simply does not have time to form, because many opinions, facts, life experiences come into view. Why stay in the blinkers?

The components of the daily 20-mile march

Our daily march consists of two main components: morning and evening.

In the morning, we must focus and focus on making the right decisions and making the right choice.
  • What is my mission / goal?
  • What is of the greatest importance today?
  • What should I be grateful for today?
  • What morning habits set me up for success?

End of the day
In the evening, we focus on the results of the past day - what we did, what decisions we made, what opportunities we revealed.
  • What success have I achieved today?
  • What new learned / learned today? How will I develop further?
  • Who am I on my way with? Who do i need
  • What evening habits will help me relax, sleep well and get ready for the next day?

Even if it seems to you that the morning component is more important, do not ignore the evening rules - without following them you will lead your team to stagnation.

And we follow this rule too! True, changing it a bit, given the fact that the team is scattered in different cities and countries.

The author of the translation is Vyacheslav Davidenko, founder of TESTutor .

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