New Year’s resolutions tend to be personal–lose weight, call your mother on the phone every week, read more books (we certainly won’t fight you on that one!)–but, as you’re considering how to make 2017 your best year yet, consider the atmosphere you create as a leader in the workplace.
How can you make 2017 a better year for those around you? Asking that question is the first step. Five of our authors, experts on leadership, management, presence, and all of the skills you need to propel your organization and your career forward in 2017, share their 2017 resolutions or suggested resolutions.
Kristi Hedges, author of The Power of Presence and the forthcoming The Inspiration Code: How the Best Leaders Energize People Every Day, out this June, knows that the key to motivating people is truly being there when you’re with them:
My resolution this year is to be present and fully invested in the conversations that matter, both at work and in life. Having spent the last year doing research and having conversations for The Inspiration Code, I am even more convinced. A few behaviors, applied with intent, have a remarkable impact on others. Be the spark!
Paul Zak, author of Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies, knows that business leaders see results when they create a culture of trust:
I recommend shared leadership as a resolution. Empowering colleagues to execute projects as they see fit fully engages those doing the work. To share leadership, you have create a culture of trust and the freedom to fail. In Trust Factor, I show how the neuroscience of interpersonal trust can be used to create a high-engagement culture in which colleagues are fully engaged and highly innovative.
Jathan Janove, author of Hard-Won Wisdom: True Stories from the Management Trenches, has a highly memorable and useful resolution for managers: Make 2017 The Year of the EAR!
George Bernard Shaw was spot-on correct when he said, “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” However, you can change this sad reality by making 2017, The Year of the EAR. When engaged with your employees and colleagues, commit to following the EAR sequence: Explore, Acknowledge & Respond. And watch how quickly and effectively you break down the barriers to real and meaningful communication.
Alan Willett, author of Leading the the Unleadable: How to Manage Mavericks, Cynics, Divas, and Other Difficult People, is encouraging his mentees to resolve in 2017 to mentor an upcoming leader themselves:
The act of helping and coaching others pays the time invested back many times over. Through your mentorship of others, you learn about your own strengths and weaknesses, and you hone your leadership power in unexpected ways. It is also very rewarding seeing your mentees begin to thrive. Resolve in 2017 to grow more leaders!
For his resolution, Robert Bruce Shaw, author of Extreme Teams: Why Pixar, Netflix, Airbnb, and Other Cutting-Edge Companies Succeed Where Most Fail, focuses on the power of the group:
I will view and manage my organization as a collection of teams versus a collection of individuals. As a result, I am committed to experimenting with creative approaches to enhance team behavior and performance. This starts with bold innovations in how my own team operates–but also includes improvements in how we operate as a company to support team life. Only teams move the world forward.