It's true ... summer's coming to an end. But is that a bad thing? Do endings make you sad?
The thing is, endings are also beginnings.
Think about this for a minute …
Summer is ending, but a new school year is beginning. A new season is coming. New opportunities are on the horizon.
While something good may be ending, what if something even better is coming? Does that change how you think about endings?
How would your life and business change if you started to embrace the endings? If you believed with certainty that the ending was making room for the next thing (whatever that thing might be)?
The saying that all good things must come to an end has been around for a long time. It's often attributed to Geoffrey Chaucer's ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ from back in the 1300s. While the world has changed a lot since then, the cyclical nature of life has not changed. Something begins, then it ends. Something takes its place, and then it ends. Something else begins ... and so on.
Instead of bemoaning an ending, I encourage you to embrace the possibility of a new beginning.
Give it a try and see what a difference it makes.
SUCCESS TIP OF THE MONTH
To become a better leader, you must recognize and understand your current strengths and weaknesses. Once you have that understanding, then seek training, coaching, or strategies in areas that you would like to develop or strengthen and put those into practice for yourself.
“Sometimes the greatest value a leader can add to other people comes through telling them the truth, showing them where they can grow, and then helping them to change.”
– John C. Maxwell, Good Leaders Ask Great Questions
Leadership development in yourself affects your business long-term. It is what will help you attract, develop, and retain the talent in your business. Leadership development will also reduce
costs, drive new lines of revenue and improve customer satisfaction. Therefore, how could you not afford to put the time, effort, and money into developing your own leadership skills?
There are many styles and skills to develop in becoming an effective leader. For example, emotional intelligence will allow you to better communicate, motivate your team, and delegate tasks. While communication skills will enable you to better understand body language, become an active listener, become inquisitive, and show empathy toward your team.
To become a better leader, you must recognize and understand your current strengths and weaknesses. Once you have that understanding, then seek training, coaching or strategies in areas that you would like to develop or strengthen and put those into practice for yourself.
I personally work with a business coach weekly, attend webinars and conferences, and I also lead a weekly book club discussion through my commitment as Board Treasurer of Professional Women’s’ Resource. This enables me to develop my leadership skills through reading, discussion with like-minded professionals, and learning additional perspectives from others.
Also note, virtually everyone on your team, regardless of their role, could benefit from developing their leadership skills!