Summer is now in full swing and that means a full half of the year is already behind us. It is also a perfect time to take a few moments to reflect on your own leadership.
In my book, The Leadership Contract, I write about the need for leaders to pause periodically to reflect on their own leadership and the impact they are having on the people they lead and their organizations.
With that in mind, how has the year been going for you?
As I reflect on my own leadership, I’m glad to say that the year so far has been quite productive. Here are some highlights:
I’ve continued to adapt to my global role that I began last October. Now, my role is more about market leadership. I’m responsible for driving thought leadership for Lee Hecht Harrison but also working with internal thought leaders to create compelling ideas to help our customers manage change, build better careers, and better leaders.
In January, the second edition of my book was released. I’ve been personally focused on supporting the book launch through customer events in North America, Brazil, and Europe. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind to be completely honest, but I’ve been so energized by connecting with clients and colleagues all over the world.
We have also conducted more global research into leadership accountability. Our data reveals that close to 75% of the companies we surveyed see leadership accountability as a critical business issue. Only about 45% have set clear leadership expectations and only about 30% believe they have a strong leadership culture in their company. It’s clear to me that at a time when we need leaders to be at their best, there is evidence that it is actually getting weaker.
As I undertake all these exciting and demanding challenges, I’ve also had to redouble my efforts to take care of myself. I’ve always made sure to keep myself fit. But with all the travel and speaking engagements, it’s tougher to maintain my fitness than ever before. This extends to my efforts to stay connected with my family. My travel impacts them as well, and I can never forget that.
But enough about me; what about you? Here are some questions to guide your midyear leadership gut check:
- How have you been a more accountable leader so far this year?
- What value have you created for your organization?
- Where can you improve your leadership capacity to have even more impact?
Leave me your comments with your reflections on these questions.
I’m now focused on taking a good break this summer so I can relax, re-energize and reconnect with my family and friends. I hope you find time to do the same.
I will also take a break from blogging and will come back in September with more weekly gut check insights to help you be a more accountable leader!
This week’s gut check asks: Are you ready for a midyear leadership gut check?
About the Author
Vince Molinaro is the Global Managing Director of Strategic Solutions at Lee Hecht Harrison. He is also the author of The Leadership Contract – a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership in their organizations.Follow on Twitter More Content by Vince Molinaro