We’re at the end of this series…
The goal? To put passion back into our leadership.
- We stepped back, and spent time in solitude.
- We faked out our routines, and did a “step-over” to change direction.
- We stepped around those things which blocked our way to passion.
- We stepped toward planning a new direction.
- and now… we’re going to STEP UP!
You now have lots of great ideas you would like to “start doing” (from #4 Step Toward: Planning). You and your team could start any or all of these ideas, but as the leader, how are you going to keep the momentum going?
Passion for where you’re going, for who you’re leading and what you’re doing, doesn’t just show up…
Passion must be nurtured.
Passion in leadership is about feeling:
- excited about getting up in the morning
- hopeful for the future
- strengthened in the challenges
- supported by those around us
- prepared to meet the changes to come.
Stepping UP with passion is a deliberate action.
Going downhill is easy – just let your mass relax and follow gravity.
Going UP is deliberate; deciding to put that one foot forward, deciding to lift your mass higher, deciding which next step will be the best platform for the direction you’ve chosen.
Here’s your strategy to Step UP and move on:
1. Keep your “why” close.
Why are you doing this? Why are you leading?
If your answer is, “Someone asked me.” then that’s not enough. Get a compelling “why” statement, and put it everywhere: on your bathroom mirror, on your desk-top, on your vehicle’s dashboard, on the back of your cell phone and more. Step UP with your “why” leading the way.
Have you seen Simon Sinek’s video about the golden circle? (If you have, take the time to watch it again. It’ll be worth it!) You’ll find this valuable when thinking about “why” you’re leading. Watch this video:
2. Keep learning. And fail.
As soon as you stop learning new things, you’ll get stale. There’s no upward movement when you keep doing what you already know. You’re going to learn and then you’ll fail. And this applies even more to everyone on your team. Learn to embrace failure. Fail UP. Learn more. Step UP.
Read John Maxwell’s book – Failing Forward: How to Make the Most of Your Mistakes .
3. Be Surrounded
As a leader, refuse to be alone. Reject isolation. Surround yourself with other leaders. Nurture other leaders within your organization, gather with other leaders in learning situations, participate in peer advisory groups, and strengthen your own circle of support. Step UP and be surrounded.
Contact us – Robert.Lori @ Leadership Couples – to learn more about peer advisory group learning.
Passion is renewed when you Step UP
Leadership is necessary in every organization. And while most people can do the “job” of leadership, it’s those leaders with passion who make an lasting impact.
More than lasting impact, those passion-filled leaders:
- challenge those they lead
- compel those they lead into excellence
- craft a legacy worthy of the “why” they’re leading
Leadership might be composed of intellectual actions, but it’s the heart behind the leadership – the passion – which makes it all worthwhile. You know this. You wouldn’t be reading about these five steps if you didn’t believe there is value in having passion as a leader.
Review these five steps as you need a new surge of passion. It’s not a one-and-done prescription, rather it’s an ongoing review.
The five steps:
- Step Away. (October 24, 2014)
- Step Over. (October 31, 2014)
- Step Around. (November 7, 2014)
- Step Toward. (November 14, 2014)
- Step Up. (November 21, 2014)
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