Leadership adapts to seasonal changes.
I am not saying that leadership has no direction. Effective leadership is rooted in a leader’s core values. Effective leaders know who they are and lead from their true selves. They recognize their own core values and vision, and appreciate how they fit with the values and vision of the the organizations in which they lead. They translate core values and vision into tangible goals and objectives that help them lead others where they intend to go.
Clarity of direction is essential to becoming the leader you can be.
Leadership is not changing direction with every shift of the wind, every shadow, every new trend or trick of the trade.
At the same time, leadership is not rigidly following in a set plan without adapting to changes in your circumstances and environment.
Leading works like the calendar. We set out at the beginning of each year toward objectives and goals that are in line with our core values and vision.
I know people who, understanding what they intend to accomplish that year, divide each goal into 52 weekly objectives and each of those into five tasks to complete each day. They are very organized. Some people would call them rigid. They know exactly what they need to do each day to finish the year where they want to be. They get anxious when they are not able to do as much each day as they expected, or when situations change.
Effective leaders adapt to seasonal changes. Some parts of the year are warmer, or colder, than other parts. Some days have daylight longer, some longer nights. Each month, each season, is different and effects our leadership in unique ways.
How are you adapting your leadership to seasonal changes?
What season is your leadership in right now?
[Image by Ramón Peco]