Leadership LIFT: Start on the Ground
Last post I started the thought about giving “lift” to your leadership. At every juncture of our leadership trajectory, we need some “lift” to go forward, fly farther, and attain new heights.
Today we will start at the most basic point – from the ground.
When a plane is in the hangar it is “grounded”. While it may need repairs, is resting the crew, or not yet scheduled, it is in the process of being readied for the next flight.
As leaders, we need to be grounded in two ways to be ready for our continuing mission.
First, we need to have a starting point. It may be from an organization that is breaking down systematically and needs repairs. We need to get in and remedy these so all systems are go. Maybe there is a recharging time; we have just accomplished our previous mission and are awaiting our next flight instructions. We may be taking some more training to hone our skills and be even more proficient in our duties. As we get ready for the next adventure, we retool and refocus our energies.
This type of grounding is great for the physical aspect of our teams and ourselves, but there is another, and possibly more important, facet of being grounded.
And that is to make sure you’re grounded.
We’re not talking in the never-get-off-the-ground sense, but in the core purpose of why we lead and how we lead. Sometimes leaders get their heads in the clouds and lose sight of reality down below, or get so puffed up and think they can do solo missions from this point on.
As leaders we need to take those few moments regularly to ensure we stay grounded. We need to ask ourselves:
- Who am I as a leader?
- Why do I want to influence others for the better?
- What is my motivation and my higher purpose?
- Where am I truly going?
- Who am I taking along with me?
When we realize that we have a crew, and passengers (customers/clients) that rely on us getting them to their destination safely, we can confidently lead with the peace and assurance that we are, as famous DJ Casey Kasem used to say, “Keeping our feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.”
Stay grounded inside, but lift off everywhere else!
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