Have you ever stopped to consider how many things do you do without thinking? I have always sliced an apple with the small end down, even though it tends to wobble. Recently, my apple rolled over and I realized how much easier it is to slice it with the large end down.
Who Taught You?
I suppose my mother taught me to slice it that way and I never considered doing it differently. When you think about the people who taught you about being a leader, who comes to mind? What made the good ones effective and the bad ones hard to forget? How did they shape your leadership style?
Is There a Better Way?
In What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, Marshall Goldsmith reminds us to ask, “How am I doing?” on a regular basis. The answers tell us what we need to continue doing and what we need to reconsider. Are there some things you have been doing so long that you no longer pay attention to whether they are effective?
Adding Too Much Value
Of the 20 habits Goldsmith lists in his book, one of the most common I see in my executive coaching clients is adding their two cents to every discussion. Your team isn’t very likely to be motivated by a leader who says, “That’s a good idea but…” If you wonder whether this is an issue for you, ask someone you trust.
Like the apple, I invite you to turn your leadership style upside down and see if you need to slice it differently.