Leadership Lessons

If I were King/Queen for a Day

Crown Bear We often think, "If I were in charge, I’d do it this way." We store these ideas in the last page of our notebooks or in the back of our minds waiting for the day we are put in charge. Now that we are in those positions of influence let’s explore a few questions, check our leadership compasses, to determine if we need to make a course correction.

The hardest part of any leader’s job is dealing with people - recruitment, retention, and training. How will you increase employee engagement and satisfaction? What culture are you creating to ensure you attract the right employees and to keep those employees? How are you going to reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative behavior?

The mission needs to be clearly defined, articulated, and frequently repeated. Keep it simple, say it often and live it daily. How will you keep the mission, goals, and daily operations relevant in your department? How will you keep up with the latest trends to stay ahead in your field? How will you tap into the innovation of the team to draw fresh and creative ideas? How will you balance running business as usual versus exploring the unknown and taking new risks?

You can only lead others to the extent in which you lead yourself. Self-care, self-awareness, and self-improvement are expected from leaders. How will you demonstrate to your employees an appropriate work-life balance? How seriously will you face your own imperfections and acknowledge them when necessary? What importance will you place on knowing how your personality encourages and inhibits your division's productivity? What actions will you take to continuously seek self-improvement?

It is my hope these questions trigger thoughts and ideas to help your leadership, as well as increase the appreciation you have for the responsibilities and demands of your supervisor. Leading is hard work and our leadership needs grace. Let us do our part in helping them and Baylor succeed. Finally, I hope that you will take some of the answers you came up with and apply them now, regardless of your title or position.

"Treat others as you want to be treated, lead how you would want to be led, follow how you would want to be followed." - Col Liszewski, 86th Naval Academy Commandant

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