Life is going to happen whether we want it to or not. We have a choice whether to jump on the bandwagon and make the most of it or we can sit back and wait for life to happen. Taking the bull by the horns, being proactive, means leaning into our capabilities where we are to lead ourselves and others towards something better than where we are now. Leaders anticipate where change is going to occur and develop strategies to make this happen. Learn some tips for being proactive in leading your life and the lives of others.
Know What’s Happening
When you look around, you can see in the faces of the people you lead what is going on. Whether it is a volunteer group, a group at work, or a hobby group, you may be in charge of helping lead people forward. If you keep your focus on what is happening, you begin to get in touch with how they are feeling, what they are doing, and any concerns they might have. Losing focus on how the team is performing individually takes time but it is worth doing to invest in the individual so the team can thrive.
Focus on the Future
Leaders need to anticipate what will happen in the future. To do this, they often rely on past performance as a predictor of the future. Rather than look back to past precedent, it is important to anticipate the future and ask ‘what if’ questions. This means seeking opportunities and ways forward that maybe were not considered before and helping those who are struggling. A forward-thinking leader will look at who they are leading and know what their needs are before they do so they can anticipate the future.
Problems Will Come
One of the things about leading people well is realizing there will be a time when there is an emergency. There may be a crisis and people you lead may end up with struggles you need to help them navigate. If you anticipate problems in the future, you may be able to set up roadblocks to stop it before it gets too bad. Having a plan of attack for when bad things happen can support your journey forward, especially when it comes to navigating recovery.
Leaders who think ahead often lead better than those who leave leading to the past. The biggest question is whether a person who is leading well is looking too far in the past to think ahead. There is a delicate balance to be sure, but there are many ways to lead well. The main thing to remember about leadership is the speed of the leader, speed of the team. Leading well means getting your affairs in order so you can lead well at work and at home. No matter how many you lead, or whom you lead, it is important to remember people look to you for support and answers but you don’t have to have it all figured out. If you are struggling, it is okay to reach out and ask for help rather than let your life fall apart or let the lives of your team and people you love fall apart in the process.
The Last Resort helps you navigate recovery when you are a leader. We help you understand how to step back and assess your life at this point of the journey. We know you need help focusing on healing so we support you with programs and services designed for professionals who lead. However you find your way to the Last Resort, we endeavor to provide a haven where you can journey through recovery feeling like your life and story have meaning and a purpose. Call us to find out more: 512-750-6750.