5 Simple Intentions to Lift Your Leadership in 5 Days

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Dan Millman

Intentions create focus.

Focus defines success.

You go where you look.

Intentions create focus. Focus defines success. Image of a dart flying at a dartboard.

5 intentions to lift your leadership:

#1. Grow your leadership on Monday.

What’s one thing you can do to improve your leadership today? Think of something you aren’t currently doing.

  1. Shift the way you begin 1:1s.
  2. Bring up difficult topics with curiosity.
  3. Fuel positive trajectory in meetings you lead.

#2. Ask two open-ended questions before making one statement today on Tuesday.

Open-ended questions begin with what, how, or why.

Avoid questions that begin with, “Don’t you …,” “Do you …,” or, Isn’t it….”

Yes or no questions don’t challenge thought.

Yes or no questions create brief encounters and weak connections.

3 curious questions anyone can ask anytime:

  1. What should I be asking?
  2. What’s important to you about this?
  3. What am I missing?
Focus on what you want, not what you don't want. Image of a cat licking its lips.

#3. Notice people’s energy on Wednesday:

When people light up, ask, “You just lit up, what’s happening for you?”

When energy fades, ask, “I just noticed your shoulders dropping, what’s bringing you down?”

#4. End meetings 10 minutes early today on Thursday:

  1. Announce your intention to end meetings 10 minutes early.
  2. Begin ending the meeting 20 minutes early.

#5. Express gratitude at the end of every meaningful conversation on Friday.

Be thankful for things people have done. Thank people for things they have done.

Be thankful to people for character traits and behaviors. “I’m delighted you’re on our team. I can always count on you.” “You’re really good at….”

3 Tips:

  1. Choose intentions before you show up for work.
  2. Use different intentions for each day of the week.
  3. Cycle back through your 5 intentions for 6 or 8 weeks.

What intentions would lift your leadership?

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