The beginning of the year is, for many people, a time to set goals or envision what the new year will look like. Fitness or health-related pursuits often seem like the most popular things to focus on. Whatever you are thinking about for the new year, it all requires a certain level of disciplined learning and unlearning of certain behaviors. This is true of anything you want to get better at, whether parenting, podcasting, or pursuing your business goals. We need to move beyond the space we’re currently in and move into what could be an area that is a little scary.
Today’s podcast is actually a rebroadcast from 2019, where Brian and I explore and unpack this idea of becoming Leadership Lean. I was thinking about this recently and thought it would be a good opportunity to re-share Brian’s four L model of Listening, Leaning, Learning, and Leading.
This episode explores and unpacks what it takes to become Leadership Lean. We’ll share reflection questions throughout the episode for you to ponder as you consider the ways in which you need to become leadership lean this year. And just to be clear, if you’re listening at another
We’ll be back in two weeks with new episodes, but until then, have a great holiday season!
The Four L’s of Lean Leadership
In order for us to attain new goals as leaders, we need to let go of certain practices that are no longer useful. Every time a new challenge presents itself, there are things we need to unlearn and things we need to learn in order to reach new goals. A lean leader understands that they may need to stop practicing certain behaviors and learn something new.
1. Listening – Lean Leaders need to learn how to listen. There are a lot of things we hear which could be considered noise. This could be echoes from the past of things
2. Leaning – The act of leaning is to give up something you used to practice in order to gain something new that you haven’t yet done. Becoming leadership lean is this idea of asking yourself which professional practices are fueling you in ways that are not meeting the challenges ahead.
3. Learning – Learning comes from other people who are close to us that can share with us where our needs are. That we may be blind to but I also believe that we need to be super curious to learn how are we as individuals responding to the leadership challenges that are around us as professional or relational. the importance of other people influencing who we are as leaders and how reliant we are to become leadership lean. We’re reliant on other people to be informing us on what could be those best practices and behavioral changes that we need to make.
4. Leading – We lead last because we need to go through this process of being informed on what is it we’re trying to do. We need to listen to how our body is responding. We take some decisions or steps before we get to the actual leading part. we need to build into that because then that’s going to set the types of expectations that we should have and not some artificial expectation. I want to do this but our body is saying we can only do that.
To have gratitude is to also be a good steward of your opportunities and understand that they have been given to you for a reason and should be used wisely. You can easily overextend yourself and become trapped in a place more than you believe we deserve something that you don’t have. And that is a very dangerous place to be in.
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