Which way is your leadership stock trending?
In a recent post I noted an important, sobering truth:
The influence of your leadership, like the value of a publicly traded stock, is either going up, or it’s going down.
There are no flat lines when it comes to your leadership stock.
When your stock is rising you are able to cast stronger visions, create more effective strategies, create healthier cultures and build more cohesive teams.
In that post I noted that when your stock is falling, every aspect of leadership becomes much harder. I then went on to note 10 reasons your leadership stock could be falling.
But perhaps your trend is going up and to the right. Perhaps you are sensing the wind is at your leadership back these days; your vision casting is connecting, your strategies are being embraced and your execution is producing great results.
If that’s happening, chances are you are leveraging these 10 reasons your leadership stock could be on the rise:
You model personal development; people can see you making the effort to grow your leadership.
You take the high-road in every situation.
You take an intense, genuine interest in the personal lives of your teammates.
You take care of yourself physically, relationally and emotionally; you are giving yourself personal margin.
You model accountability; people can see that you are not ‘above the rules’.
You seek input from everyone, regardless of position or title.
You are a “thanking machine”; gratitude oozes from you.
You exude optimism, tempered with realism.
You are winsome and approachable.
You are becoming more passionate about what you lead; and your passion is infectious.
As I noted in the earlier post,
A leader’s stock is affected by numerous subtle practices and habits. Leaders must carry enough self-awareness to recognize these habits and know how they are affecting their stock.
So take the time to do a self-analysis of the direction of your own leadership stock. And embrace the qualities that will contribute to a rising stock.
Because when your stock is rising, your leadership can be unstoppable.