By Samantha Gooden
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday May 25, 2017 – Hello, Genius Leader. Yes, I am talking to you. The reason you’re reading this article is because the genius in you is looking for a stimulus. Don’t stop reading. Keep going and connect with the greatness within you.
You have the potential to be not just a great leader, but a “Future Focused” one; a leader who does not get lost in the weeds. Could that be you? I know it is!
In part 1 of this article, I shared some questions that lay a great foundation for you. Because the “Future Focused Leader” starts by looking within and asking reflective questions and if you did that exercise right, you may have ended it with more questions and actions than you started with – that is fine.
Now it’s time to ask some insight questions and connect with the core of your motivation.
As my CrossFit trainer used to say, “No challenge, no change”. So, as you read these questions, if they challenge you a little, dig deep and write the answers down. You’ll need them.
- Do I still love what I do? What are your feelings about the projects or people that you are leading? Are you facing any mental or emotional fatigue? Your “leadership love tank” can be a good gauge for you to determine where you need to make tweaks in your approach to leadership.
- Am I willing to pay the price again? The pursuit of success is relentless and as John Maxwell says, “Everything worthwhile is uphill all the way”. This uphill struggle is the one each leader needs to be willing to make again and again. Are you willing to go to another level up the hill? What measures will you put in place to make sure that you finish strong?
Keep these answers close. They are going to be like gold when we do our last major exercise on our journey as “Future Focused Leaders”. Most importantly, don’t let doubts and fears get the better of you as you ask these questions.
As Mel Robbins says “There will always be someone that doubts you. Don’t let that person be you.”
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