If you have followed my site for very long, you have noted that I write about leadership. I recently tweeted six words that I have used in my time leading.
I will be the first to tell you that I am not a leadership expert but I have several responsibilities that require leadership. I am an officer in the United States Army Reserve, I am a middle school basketball coach, and I am a Husband and Father. Each of these capacities require a different leadership style but I use the same process for them all.
The process that I have used and adapted over the years is this;
Reflect often, address failure, and move forward.
Reflect often. The quickest way to assess what you or your organization is doing is to take time to reflect. Write out your thoughts, talk with others about them, and sometimes have a heart to heart with those in your organization.
Address failure. One of the easiest things to do is to overlook or sweep failure under the rug, like it never happened. This is probably the most detrimental thing you or your organization can do. Growth and new direction often come from addressing failure and understanding why it happened.
Move forward. When reflection and failure is taken care of there needs to be a time of setting new goals and objectives. If you allow yourself or your organization to sit and stew in reflection and failure you may become stagnant and bitter. Keep moving forward.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26