This week I wrapped up a leadership coaching program with one of my wonderful executive coaching clients. As we reviewed his program he summarised his experience and what had changed for him in a single word. Proactive.
I love this because for me, proactive is a key essence of leadership. To actively create the future rather than passively hope that things turn out the way you want them to. Proactivity is about being purposefully constructive, actively making choices, seizing opportunities, and being deliberate about creating the future. For executive leaders, being intentional about determining the future for you, your people, and your organisation.
Yet sometimes it feels like you are at the mercy of your circumstances, too busy to take control, or feeling overwhelmed, and simply fall into reactive mode. Leadership is about bouncing out of this space as quickly as possible. Being in a highly reactive mode most of the time does not serve you or your leadership responsibilities.
As you approach the end of the calendar year, it is an opportune time to pause and reflect. For many there is a natural break at the end of the year, which is great for rest, recovery and replenishing your energy. Then you can deliberately look forward to the next period. 2024. Decide how you will proactively focus your attention on the things that matter, with renewed energy.
These are big challenges, and it will take innovative and proactive leadership to find a pathway to the future.
Questions to ponder:
► Which of these areas of challenge require your attention?
► What is your opportunity for proactive leadership?
I’d love to know your thoughts.
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