• Tracie L James

Zero In on YOUR Best Leadership Strategy

Success cannot be achieved on autopilot. When you’re on autopilot, the environment has control of you… you just move wherever and however the situation dictates without any thought or strategy… it’s like existing instead of living.

Take it off autopilot and be intentional because it’s imperative that you master your environment if you want to be successful.

You may be thinking how can I master my environment…. I don’t control others… I don’t control the policies within my company.

You master your environment by being intentional and controlling the one thing you can control and that’s how you respond to the environment. Most of us work in places that are at least a little toxic.. Some more than others…

When we just accept the status quo, we find ourselves affected negatively (emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically)… we must stop killing ourselves for a paycheck… trust me the company you’re sacrificing your well being for will have your job posted before your funeral happens. Companies must realize that their employees’ wellbeing should be just as important as the bottom line. Companies that have embraced this have found both loyal employees and higher profits.

As leaders within our organizations, we must find what works for us to counteract the environment we work in so we can be the high performing leader we desire. How can we set the example… How can we be the shining light… How can we not only voice our discontent but also share solutions?

I’ll outline for you 3 ways you can master your environment with intentional actions.

Step 1 – Find Your Lane & Stay There

Having a clear understanding of what your strengths and weaknesses are will enable you to build a team that compliments you so that you can be successful. It’s important to surround yourself with people that are good at those things you don’t do well. This clarity is an integral part of your team or business and will have a big impact on whether you are successful.

I know it’s not easy to let go of things you’ve been doing, but trust me when I say it’s an amazing this for you and your team when you do. I challenge you today to put delegation into practice.

  • Review your “To Do” list today and identify one task you can delegate.

  • Identify one of your team members to handle this task. Talk with them to be sure they are clear on what needs to be done.

  • Delegate and truly let go.

  • Assess how it went delegating this one task.

  • Repeat accordingly with other tasks and different team members.

STEP 2 – Build Strong Relationships

  • Inside your organization – colleagues, supervisors, staff, etc.

  • Connect with other high performing individuals who are committed to making the changes they can to improve the work environment. Help you navigate through the tough days and celebrate success

  • Outside your organization – your front row… your support system…

  • In order to build a high performing team, you need to build a rapport and a high level of trust with each team member. Your efforts will be more effective if you take the time to work with your team throughout the process. I’ve found that if you start the work with them, they will finish it enthusiastically.

  • Don’t just accept things for what they are… do your part to keep striving for more…

Many times, we feel like we’ve made it when we’ve had some success. Or even worse after a series of failures, we feel like that is all we’re capable of doing. Do not settle in success or failure. There is so much more you can do when you make the decision to keep moving forward.

Thinking back throughout my career as a business professional and especially as an entrepreneur, I’ve caught myself settling. I was just getting by doing the minimum to keep hitting the goals and never pressing myself or my team for more. I was working as an account manager for an international corporation. I had developed a process for success and I just kept working it. It became routine and I stopped looking for new opportunities. It’s not that the opportunities didn’t exist, but I wasn’t looking for them. My career was becoming stagnant. My VP called me in to discuss my performance because he noticed I was just going through the motions. He challenged me to do look for a new distribution channel for a product. This motivated me to get out of the rut I was in and ultimately I found a new distribution point that we were able to utilize all over the United States. Needless to say, he was very happy that I answered the challenge.

Take some time to answer the following questions:

  • Am I settling for just hitting my goals or do I press myself past them? Have I stopped even trying to hit my goals?

  • If you answered yes to number 1, then why aren’t you motivated to hit or surpass the goals? Did something happen?

  • What can I do to jump-start myself to get back to reaching past my goals?

  • Do I have an accountability partner that will assist me with staying motivated?

I had a sales manager that told me that you’re only as good as your last sales flash report. Remember each day you need to keep pressing past what you did the day before. You’re your best competition. Be the best you that you can each day and encourage your team to do the same.

STEP 3 - "Do NOT Settle”

  • Do identify which comfort zone you are in currently. Look at what’s happening in your life and business first. Are you dealing with no desire to do more because you’re still having some success? Have you given up because you’ve had a series of failures? Are you working on it and trying to make it perfect or waiting for the perfect moment to move? Talk with your team. Ask them the same questions. Clearly admit what comfort zone you’re in so you can begin to move out of it.

  • Make the decision to get out of the comfort zone. Now that you know which zone you’re in, you must decide that today you’re going to do something different to move out of it. It can be a small change at first. Get your feet back up under you and just take the first step. Set a new goal. Select a new challenge. Release what you’ve been working on all this time. The important thing is to do something different. Get your team on board and make the changes.

  • Work with your team daily on getting out of the comfort zone. Each day, decide on one thing you can do differently to make the shift out of your comfort zone. Daily focus is what you and your team will need to get back to growth and progress. Set some goals. Write them down. Post them everywhere. Motivate each other daily. Learn from any setbacks and keep it moving. Don’t slow down.

3 Benefits of “Do NOT Settle”

  • You will move out of your comfort zone and avoid complacency.

  • You will continue to press past your last success and seek the next goal.

  • You will learn from failure and not let it slow you down.

Overall, take the time to truly understand who you are as a leader and operate in your strengths. There’s true power when you function in your strengths. Zero In on YOUR best leadership strategy!!

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