[January 4, 2016] Yesterday my wife asked me why I’d not made any New Year’s resolutions like I always do. Note that she usually gets a good laugh out of some of them like the year I resolved to spend less than $1,000 on Starbucks coffee. This year I’ll be a little different and offer a list of senior leader resolutions.
New Year resolutions are fashionable of course. Over the past two years since theLeaderMaker.com began, I’ve listed some resolutions and they can be found for 2014 and 2015 here and here, respectively. The 2015 resolution list is for “leaders” in general. My 2016 list will be for “senior leaders” and like all resolutions they are based on the idea that we should improve on our weaknesses:
- Spend more face-to-face time with those that work for me.
- Trust others to make the right decisions.
- Focus less on communications through email and proxies, and more on personal effort.
- Delegate more and push authority down … but keep responsibility at my level.
- Do a better job of allowing others to make mistakes (modified from the 2015 list).
- Place more leaders in positions where they will gain higher-level leadership experiences.
- Encourage others to be better people and support them (intellectually, spiritually, physically, and familial improvements).
- Be less critical and more compassionate.
- Build a stock of hardback books of my favorites and give them away to encourage reading.
- Expand the network of senior leaders who are willing to help other leaders who show promise.
Oh, and number 11. Kiss my wife more.
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