Kung Hei Fat Choi! Wishing you and your loved ones a prosperous Year of the Pig.
A new year brings new opportunities to re-boot ourselves and to strive to become a better version of ourselves. For leaders, how can we do better and be more intentional about our own growth? As someone who was born in the Year of the Pig, this year is especially significant. I believe that at key points in our lives such as these, we need to re-connect with our purpose - the unique gift which shapes our contribution and re-excites us about the possibilities in front of us. This belief recently led me to attend Purpose Quest, a two-day retreat designed to help leaders rediscover their core purpose and increase their influence. Over the two days, I worked alongside a small group of peers to develop my vision to shape the future, and craft my core purpose statement:“I am the vessel from which connection and unity flows”.
How will you lead with purpose in the new year? To get started, please download the exercises in the toolkit below, or send me an email and I'll be happy to walk you through it.
What Self-Awareness Really Is?
A Effective leadership starts with a deep understanding of ourselves and the profound effect we have on those around us, but although self-awareness has been touted as the latest management buzzword, studies show that most of us are less self-aware than we believe ourselves to be, and that few of us understand what self-awareness really means. "Self-awareness isn't one truth," says Tasha Eurich, author of a recent article in the Harvard Business Review. "It's a delicate balance of two distinct, even competing,viewpoints." Read the full article for a description of the two types of self-awareness and how we can cultivate both.
How to manage executive hubris.
The danger in lack of self-awareness is that the more experience and power that we gain, the more likely we are to overestimate our own abilities and less likely to question our own assumptions, with severe consequences to our teams and our companies. But there's good news. A recent article by Jonathan Mackey and Sharon Toye on Strategy + Business argues that cultivating a culture of critical thinking and humility can help companies to avoid the pitfalls of over confidence at the top, and highlights practical steps for companies to address hubris. "Hubris is an acquired trait, not a deeply rooted personality disorder," write Mackey and Toye. "It can be managed and even nipped in the bud."
Leaders who do WELL by doing GOOD
As leaders, we know that business and society are in a state of constant change,and that we can't afford to continue with business as usual. At the World Economic Annual Forum in Davos this year, New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was vocal in her belief that the complex challenges of the world, including climate change, require a new kind of leadership that prioritizes empathy. The reality of Industry 4.0, which is characterized by technological disruptions to the way we live, work, and relate to one another, demands leadership that puts people and planet first and can guide organizations through these dramatic shifts.