I’m fortunate – I don’t work in a salt mine – though I do like my life to have full flavour. These are my New Year’s day ramblings looking back on my leadership lessons from 2009. They’re personal to me – there’s only one person in the world you can change – and for me, that’s me. I’ve put in italics what these things mean to me. They might not mean the same thing or anything to you. That’s okay.
- Being happy really is important, really important. Could be all there is! Will you follow an unhappy leader?
- There is no superhero who can change anything! (except you). You’re the leader, so lead.
- We all have a default expression – mine is grim, so I better watch it ‘cos I’m laughing inside! First impressions can count.
- I love distance running – the more I do the better I feel. It helps me to focus, solve problems, keep healthy, try ideas out with my fellow runners and I see more of the country than I ever thought possible. A healthy leader is around longer.
- Give. That was a promise I made in March. It’s an attitude shift and much easier and more rewarding than I thought it would be. It’s not to be confused with marketing or sampling. It’s giving only. Leadership is about giving for others.
- Twelve months ago I was going through changes. Many people helped me for which I am very grateful. I notice there are people right now going through similar changes. I hope I can return the support given to me to others. Leadership is about giving for others (again!)
- I’ll never give up having fun and laughing. Authenticity.
- Someone will wrong you. But in the end you’ll learn so much you will be grateful for the experience. Reflection is a powerful leadership habit.
- I try not to pretend. Authenticity.
In 2010 I want to let my creativity flow to discover new ways to continue to learn about leadership with other happy people who want to make a difference. Full flavour for me in 2010.
So when I say happy new year, the happy part really is important.
Happy new year!
ps did you know that in New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, Marlborough, we mine salt?