Being a leader takes a lot out of you. The minute you have responsibility for other people, their motivation, direction, performance etc, you have a lot demanding your attention compared to the days when you were an individual performer. Taking a senior role ramps that up even further when you have more stakeholders to pay attention to (the board, media commentators etc).
The one thing that is common is that both take significant time and energy. Many successful people begin to notice a lack of personal energy resulting in diminished performance or motivation at work. This blog explore that lack of energy and motivation
Achieving ‘Flow’ in what we do can be helped by a number of different elements. Taking time to reflect on which of these works for us gives us the opportunity to replicate the effect more often.
In the process of trying things, people learn and through that learning gradually get better. The implication behind ‘gradually get better’ is that you may not always be fantastic at the thing you are trying. This is fine when you are a kid and just learning for the first time, but many adult managers struggle with not being excellent straight away, and as a result many stop trying (which of course is not excellence but let’s not go there).
But what if you could offset your leadership on the path to improving? What if there were things you could do that provided a leadership benefit to your team, while your own personal impact was gradually improving?
It is important to get clear on the benefits you will get from applying some new tools or learning – so that when it gets hard back in the ‘real world’ you will have something to remind you why it’s important to make the time to apply the new approach.
Many of us have a tendency to be very critical of our own performance and to set higher standards for ourselves than we would ever expect from colleagues or team members. This can lead to a feeling that we are not performing to a high enough standard.
There are strategies that can be followed to reduce the impact of this type of thinking.