[January 23, 2019] This past weekend I was at a Boy Scout “Klondike” event. The idea of Klondike is to demonstrate teamwork and test scouting skills. While sitting around the campfire with other adult scout leaders, we discussed the upcoming year and what we could do differently or do better as leaders. My leader resolutions for 2019 are based, in part, on that campfire discussion.
You can read a lot about “resolutions” just by searching the Internet. They are actually first rate, if not without imagination (see links here and here for a couple of good ones I liked). Built into them are several themes that I have emphasized in this leadership blog over the past five years. This year, however, I’ll put a different twist on those resolutions.
Here are ten Leader Resolutions for 2019 that can help those who hold leadership positions:
- Train other leaders: Take the time to actually plan and conduct leadership development training for others. Even the most junior leader, adult or young teenager, can do this.
- Replace bad habits: To convince others that they make improvements in their lives is difficult but once you identify what can change, the next step is to replace an old, bad habit for a new, good habit.
- Never give up: You don’t have to be the strongest, the smartest, or the most handsome. The secret to winning is to never give up.
- Attend chapel services: Yep, that’s right. Regardless of your religious beliefs, there is an advantage to attending religious services; educationally, emotionally, and socially.
- List your top three priorities and work toward them: If you really want to succeed, then you must also know where you are going. What is it that you want? List them. The path to achieving them should be clearer.
- Speak precisely: Avoid confusion in what you say. Listen, think, and speak in that order.
- Act ethically: Nothing is more challenging than to go against the crowd and popular opinion. But doing the right thing will always is what a leader does; it’s in their character.
- Show respect: Don’t just have respect for others but show it too. That means you must know how to ‘show’ respect and do it with a smile.
- Read more: Never stop the effort to learn more. Do this by reading.
- Let others make mistakes: This is how people learn. They must make mistakes, learn from them, suffer a little, and then move on. It is our duty to help them through it.
My resolutions have varied over the years and some years I haven’t published any. You can access past ones here: 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 (I skipped 2018). Can you find which one I list every year? Yeah, it’s number 5.
Have a great leader year in 2019.