Part II of Making Your Leadership Work
Does your leadership count, or are you just the next “suit in a seat” in a succession of many?
If you want to make a significant impact on the world around you, you need to take a stand.
It’s time to revisit your leadership manifesto.
Don’t have one? It’s time to craft yours.
A manifesto is a declaration of principles that include your:
- Intentions – what actions you intend to take
- Key beliefs – your stance on things
- Vision – the world as you wish to see it
There are a few reasons formulating your leadership manifesto is important.
It’s a formidable exercise in authenticity.
Authoring your manifesto forces you to identify your most important beliefs – a “stop and think” exercise for most of us. Then, it requires that you create a powerful vision in response to these beliefs, and to outline your intentions about how to create the change. If you think about it, this is a formidable exercise in stating who you are and what is important to you above all.
It brings focus to your work.
Your manifesto brings tremendous focus, helping you to reflect on what aligns – and what does not – in your work and life.
It helps you to stay the course in turbulent times.
Your manifesto serves as a GPS, supporting your ability to move toward your vision, even in the midst of significant challenges.
Ready to craft your leadership manifesto? Sit in a quiet place and reflect on the questions below. Many executives with whom I work go through these questions twice. During the first round, they answer the questions in the context of life; during the second round, they relate it to the workplace.
- I believe in ____
- I want to live in a world where ____
- Here is what I know for sure: _____
- The one problem I want to solve during my life _____
- The changes the world will see as a result ______
- What is at stake here is ______
- I will show the world ____
As you review your answers, what becomes clear for you? And what, in your life and work, needs to change?
Patti Cotton helps executives optimize their effectiveness in leading self, others, and the enterprise. Her areas of focus include confidence, leadership style, executive presence, effective communication, succession planning, and masterful execution. With over 25 years of leadership experience, both stateside and abroad, Patti works with individuals, teams, and organizations across industries, providing executive coaching, leadership development, succession planning, change, and conflict management. She is also a Fortune 500 speaker. For more information on how Patti Cotton can help you and your organization, click here.