For many high-achieving women and those they support, I suspect that their AMBITION is still very much alive!
How do we keep our ambitions while still going deeper as leaders?
How do you define success?
I suspect most of us started our careers to exceed performance expectations. Yet this may not take us to our next level of fulfillment or serving others.
How does self-reflection play a part?
What would it look like to lessen your hyper-focused attention on your KPI’s (Key Performance Indicators) and instead, look at other competencies that could help you succeed as a sustainable leader in today’s ever changing global market? Meet your KPI’s, but utilize your efforts so that both you and the people around you benefit from your work.
A key characteristic for leaders is to have a willingness to learn and grow! This willingness to learn may not always come easily, especially if you are accustomed to receiving many accolades and rewards. We may think we always know the right answer, so we may stop listening to others. As a result, we can develop an unwillingness to hear other perspectives. This can be even more common if you have been mistreated or harmed by toxic work environments and have a lower trust level.
“How could we overcome this and emerge as strong leaders”?
Before we answer this,
- What am I thinking?
- What have I seen work before?
What would it look like to go beyond the leadership dashboard competencies of Knowledge, Skills, Attributes and KPI’s?
Instead, could reflecting and learning be your greatest factor to success as a leader? Could this be reflected in your dashboard? If so, what else would you include? Your leadership dashboard may serve you best if it was aligned with your inner and outer leadership vision, along with your other competencies. My CALM Power Coaching journey offers you an opportunity in a reflective space, to continuously evaluate your career path and continue to reflect on the question: “What is most important to me as an organizational and entrepreneurial leader?” This vision should emerge after reflecting on your Career and Leadership Mastery Journey. Collective themes based on your Life Purpose, Strengths, Gifts, Passions, Values, and Stories could reveal deeper and more complex images of what being a successful leader means and looks like to you!
In my experience, having a coach, sponsor, or mentor who cares enough to give you honest feedback is the key to creating a growth mindset. Learning and helping you truly know yourself and where you want to lead is key.
“Until you truly know yourself, your strengths and weaknesses, know what you want to do and why you want to do it, you cannot succeed in any but the most superficial sense of the word” – James Kouzes, Barry Posner
If you are curious about joining me in the next cohort of my CALM Power™ (Career and Leadership Mastery Power) Program, or feel that I could help or support you and your team, do not hesitate to contact me: https://thecoachingnest.ca/contact-shelley-cox/