November brings a chilled, crispness to the air and a treasured American holiday, Thanksgiving. Let’s leverage the season to delve deeper into gratitude and how practicing it throughout the year (not just in November) can give you an uplifting, energetic boost. And while we’re in that space of enhancing energy, we’ll explore 3 common leadership pitfalls and how to jump off those draining, stress wheels.
We all have two types of energy bouncing around within us at any given time: catabolic and anabolic. Catabolic Energy is the damaging, destructive, conflict-centric, draining energy often associated with stress. Anabolic Energy is the healing, inspirational, bonding, creative, building-up energy associated with little to no stress. Neither are bad nor good, each serve a purpose in our lives. The crux is, are we choosing our energy or are we allowing circumstances, events, people to choose our energy for us? Energy is a filter; it’s like wearing tinted glasses. When we’re leading with catabolic energy, everything we see, do and experience is filtered through that lens. Likewise, when we lead with anabolic energy. When we lead with anabolic energy, we are able to be more open, see opportunities and options, tap in to our intuition and creativity, and influence and inspire those around us. When we lead with catabolic energy we can achieve immediate results and may get a lot done; however, over the long term the forced nature of this energy is not sustainable and will reduce our effectiveness as well as damage relationships. A simple way to tap into your anabolic energy is to think about what you are thankful for or what would land on your gratitude list. Even in the most stressful moments, taking a few seconds or a few minutes to pause, take a deep breath, and reflect on 1, 2, or 3 items that you are grateful for will immediately set you on the path out of catabolic energy. Gratitude is about perspective. Change your energy by flipping your perspective, putting on a different pair of glasses!
There are three common ditches or pitfall wheels that leaders tend to fall into, outlined by Michael Bungay Stanier in his book, The Coaching Habit. Let’s take a deeper look at each, the energy behind them, and how to get off the wheel.Creating OverdependenceThis can happen due to a “to do it right I must do it myself” attitude, or “giving direction/answers speeds up productivity” thought. Even the over use of good intentions and “overly helping” to the point where you realize you have now taken on the work or burdens of others can create overdependence. Worse yet, in this mode a leader unintentionally creates an overly dependent TEAM. At this point the leader is squarely in catabolic energy and likely, the team will be too from a sense of being micro-managed.Getting OverwhelmedLeading an overly dependent team leads to feeling overwhelmed! Being given more and more to do with fewer and fewer resources can also lead to being overwhelmed. Once again, the leader is firmly in catabolic energy making it difficult to see the big picture and properly prioritize time and work. Efficiently working on the wrong things will drive you and your team deeper into catabolic energy.Becoming DisconnectedEveryone’s working hard but on the wrong things…or maybe the work isn’t aligned across the organization or with the company’s over-arching objectives. Kingdom mentality can create pockets of success but the true synergy of success lies in aligned goals, collaboration, and prioritized work. Catabolic energy drives “take care of myself, my group” mentality.The SolutionVow to be a Coaching Leader. Squash overdependence by asking more questions, looking for coachable moments, resisting the temptation to direct; and empower your team to take initiative and get the job done. Reward and recognize their work, resist being critical with a “that’s not how I would do it” thought; there are many versions of “right.” Be mindful of when you’re “over helping” or overextending yourself or your team. If you tend to overextend, set boundaries so that your initial good intention doesn’t drag you down into catabolic energy. Collaborate with your team to ensure the work is aligned vertically and horizontally; prioritize timing, resources, and effort. Most importantly, to be a Coaching Leader, start with yourself. Practice selfawareness and choose your energy; recognize when you are in a stress moment and ask yourself “is this how I want to show up?” Your anabolic energy and leadership will lift your team and inspire them to achieve their full potential.Still having a tough time getting off one or more of these wheels? Tired of feeling like a hamster? Click the Success image or button at the bottom of this newsletter to set up a personal consultation with me and develop your success formula.
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