10 Leadership Resolutions for a Successful 2018  

21 December 2017:

You can’t predict everything that will happen in 2018, but it’s a safe bet that change and uncertainty will continue to be major themes. It’s also a safe assume that leadership — your leadership — will be critical for a successful year. With that in mind, here are 10 leadership resolutions for the coming year.

Leading Yourself
Stay healthy. We know you hear this a lot around the New Year, and you probably think about it more, too. Your personal performance — and therefore your effectiveness as a leader — are heavily influenced by your health.

Healthier people have more energy, can think more clearly, focus for longer periods, and are less likely to get sick. There are 4 key practices:

  • Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet.
  • Get adequate, high-quality sleep.
  • Engage in physical activity regularly.
  • Manage pressure so it doesn’t turn into negative stress.

Succeed at digital learning. Being a leader doesn’t mean you have all the answers. Leaders must continue to acquire new skills, new areas of knowledge, and new leadership tools.

With limited time and resources, some of that learning will take place via digital learning. So how can you make the most of your time?

First, make sure you commit. Set real deadlines and block out time on your calendar.

Second, just practice the new skill or find a way to apply your new knowledge. Real learning doesn’t happen until you actually use it.

And third, celebrate your success. This reinforces the value of ongoing learning.

Leading Others
Stop wasting time in meetings. We’ve all complained about time spent in a meeting that just wasn’t worth it. So how can you make sure that the meetings you set are productive? Here are 3 tips to start:

  1. Only hold a meeting if it’s necessary. Can this be handled via email?
  2. Make sure all attendees are really present. Invite only those required and enforce behavior standards to keep everyone engaged.
  3. Decide in advance what the purpose of the meeting will be and how you’ll achieve its goals.

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Source: CCL

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