There are a few things about leadership that you never know until you experience them firsthand. For instance, most people don’t understand how lonely leadership can be. Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decision, the lonelier it is.
No one likes that feeling, especially leaders. We’re wired to make things prosper, including ourselves. Everything is affected when you’re not flourishing as a leader. Confidence wanes. Your drive diminishes. Whatever the reason, here are a few practical things you can do to regain your spirit and become a leader that thrives:
1. Surround yourself with other leaders who share your values. If you want to become a thriving leader, be intentional about surrounding yourself with people who share your values and are shaping you to become better than you are today. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you look to surround yourself with other leaders who care about thriving.
2. Always make sure your focus is in the right place. We often ask ourselves, “How did I get here?” whenever we feel as if we’re not thriving. Whether it’s in your career, your spiritual life, or your family, maybe you never intended to be in the place you are now. This is because direction, not intention, determines destination. Focusing on the direction you’re headed will help you become a leader who thrives.
3. Don’t mistake busyness with impact. Busyness is a trap that prevents us from thriving. It can distract us from what’s really important and keep us from doing the right things. The best way to avoid busyness is to be intentional about seeking clarity and capacity in our lives.
4. Don’t forget to live in the now. Sometimes we may not thrive in the present because we’re too focused on the future. Constantly looking for what’s next will cause you to miss many of the things that make the journey so amazing along the way. Here are a few ways missing out on the present keeps us from thriving.
5. Don’t try to do it alone. You will never thrive when you attempt to do leadership alone. Learning the importance of interacting and connecting with people is an essential lesson for leaders who want to thrive. Here are a few ways you can become a thriving leader by connecting with others.
6. Avoid the pressure paralysis. Some leaders thrive under pressure. Others don’t. While pressure might be inevitable when it comes to making decisions, what you do with that pressure is up to you. Whenever stressful situations arise, here is a valuable lesson about handling the pressure that will help you thrive in any situation.
Are you thriving as a leader? What’s the one thing keeping you from thriving as a leader?