What can make you a more dynamic leader in 2017? As leaders we are always striving to improve. We’re not happy with the status quo. We are always seeking a better way to operate, to motivate, to lead.
As we reflect on 2016 it’s wise to ask ourselves, “what can I do better in 2017?” Kat Cole, the group president for Focused Brands, provides an outstanding rule for identifying how to become a more dynamic leader. Her rule is not only great advice, it also has a great name: The Hot-Shot Rule.
The Hot-Shot Rule – how to stay ahead as a leader
The Hot-Shot rule asks you to evaluate your life from the perspective of a fresh, young hot-shot. If he or she assessed your leadership, what would the hot-shot find unacceptable?
It probably doesn’t take much imagination for you to envision an energetic go-getter coming in and smirking at some sluggish areas in your life. The question to ask yourself is “Where would this Hot-Shot start?” “What areas of my life need an overhaul?”
Once you’ve identified those areas, do something about it. Don’t wait for the fictionalized hot-shot to become The Hot Shot. Take action.
Where do I start to improve my leadership?
Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. Kat Cole recommends focusing on “things small enough to change, but big enough to matter”. I think of it as the proverbial eating an elephant – one bite at a time. Over the course of several weeks and months the little bites add up to a whole lot of impact.
What is the one thing you can set your vision for today that will allow everything else to fall into place? By focusing on the right thing first, everything else will be more effective. Go after that one, right, thing and watch the transformation.
Model Great Leadership to Others
Everyone has room to improve. Model the Hot-Shot Rule to others. When you help others see what is possible, you create influence. Show them what they could be doing.
In this video, Kat Cole encourages us to share the vision you see for your organization. As you share your vision, others will catch that vision and share it with others. This leads to an endless cycle of progressive vision. Once people start to believe the vision, they will start to act on it, which translates to results.
No matter what level you are, there will be many firsts in front of you. It’s important to encourage people to get started on their ‘firsts’. This will surround you with stronger leaders which is a great way to win.
Set Hot-Shot Goals to Become Stronger this Year
This year, set goals that a Hot-Shot would admire. Identify areas you are weak and take action to improve.
One, simple step to stronger leadership is to attend Leadercast, the largest one-day leadership event in the world. Leadercast brings together some of the best names in business to share their keys to success.
Kat Cole was one of the speakers at Leadercast 2016. This year we have the great privilege of hearing from Daniel Pink, Molly Fletcher, Suzy Welch, and Henry Cloud. Attending Leadercast is an investment in your leadership–making you a leader worth following. Leadercast tickets also make a great gift for your team.