I’ve been thinking about choice a lot lately – for myself and the implications it has for us as leader. Here is a case in point – what I sent to our Powerquotes subscribers earlier this week –
“You can always do what you want to do. This is true with
every act. You may say that you had to do something,
or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do,
you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for
— W.Clement Stone
Questions to Ponder
What choices am I making?
Do I recognize them as in my control?
Recognize your power to choose.
Use this power wisely.
Recognizing that we are making choices and valuing those choices is something that effective leaders must do – it is a leadership activity of champions.
Having the right focus on choice allows you exercise your leadership influence more effectively, will help you create a more empowered and engaged workplace and brings accountability and responsibility into focus more clearly.
But all of this starts with you.
You must recognize that you are responsible for your choices; you must focus on what is inside of your control. When you do these things consistently you will create better results for yourself (in all parts of your life) and for your organization. You will also be modeling this behavior for those you lead.
Choosing the recognize the power of choice isn’t just a great concept for you personally, it makes you a more effective leader.
Improving your skills in this way doesn’t require an organizational leadership development process. It doesn’t require a formal leadership development program of any kind. What it requires is you stepping up and making choices based on what is in your control.
Recognize the power you have over the choices in your life and the outcomes those choices create. Use them wisely.