“And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
Perseverance should be a great leadership trait, the ability to keep walking forward through exhaustion, challenge, lesson, and blessing. This week I want to applaud each of us, this class has been one of deep thought, consideration, and applied theory. This week I am motivated, I have been motivated to incorporate the teachings of Wheelan (2016) into my own teams, and take some of it for myself. Last week, I messed up my final submission and lost a few points on my paper. I had to take a step back and regroup my thoughts. In a huge way, I had messed up. I needed to slow down and ensure my final save went through before submitting it. This week, I spent time ensuring I did not make the same mistake twice.
Leadership is something we earn and continuously improve. Silva (2014) identified outstanding leaders will recognize and address their mistakes. I have admired that statement and I refer to it often. Some of our mistakes can cost entire companies, which I discussed earlier this week, and some can cost a few points, like the paper last week. The greatest asset for leaders is to learn not to dwell on the error, rather to welcome the lesson and solution.
I spent a lot of time this week thinking about my team strategy and how I can improve upon it and communicate those improvement ideas. I work well with reflections, so this week I asked all of my team members to provide a reflection based on the team, its efficiency, and areas of improvement. I am excited to receive the responses, it will help me decide where to focus our strategy for the coming quarter.
References: Silva, A. (2014). What can we learn from great business leaders? Journal of Leadership Studies, 8(3), 52-57. doi: 10.1002/jls.21337 Wheelan, S. (2016). Creating effective teams: A guide for members and leaders (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. Want more? Visit https://millennilgirl85.wordpress.com/