Putting Your Leadership Purpose to Work: Part 1

Understand the benefits of your leadership purpose

Benefits and considerations

During the Executive Symposium you created a draft of your leadership purpose, and you have had several weeks to practice its application. As you have applied your leadership purpose, you should be noticing several benefits. Here are some of those benefits and a few things to consider to be sure you’re maximizing this powerful leadership tool in each of those areas. 

One great benefit of your leadership purpose is to provide positive guidance to your leadership, particularly in times of high stress when you are most prone to negative thinking, adverse emotions and potentially derailing behaviors that could result in negative leadership impact. To be sure you are maximizing this benefit ask yourself these questions:

  • In what ways can I use my leadership purpose to guide my thinking toward the positive direction in times of stress?
  • How could I better use my leadership purpose to better manage my emotions when stress levels soar?
  • How could I be more effective in using my leadership purpose to help me manage my overall level of stress?

Another benefit of a leadership purpose is to help you be more effective at completing important and difficult tasks while simultaneously building positive relationships with your team. To be sure you are maximizing this benefit ask yourself these questions:

  • In thinking about my personal weakness when it comes to balancing the task-relationship continuum, how can my leadership purpose serve as a compensatory tool for supporting my weak side?
  • Keeping in mind weaknesses are frequently strengths that are overdone, how can I use my leadership purpose to be sure I don’t overdo my strength as related to balancing the task-relationship continuum?
  • How does my leadership purpose help me build engagement on my team?

Finally, your leadership purpose should be keeping you motivated and inspired as you encounter the inevitable ups and downs of any leadership role. To be sure you are maximizing this benefit ask yourself these questions:

  • In what ways is my leadership purpose keeping me positive and inspired when I run into the inevitable and unanticipated obstacles?
  • In what ways can I use my leadership purpose to prevent professional burnout?
  • How might my leadership purpose help me better manage change fatigue?

Use the answers to those questions to guide you in a more intentional use of your leadership purpose, and you’ll continue to reap growing benefits in the form of leadership effectiveness.

An important next step is to continue to fine tune and develop that draft as you put it to work. Even a well-developed leadership purpose should be adjusted and fine-tuned over time as your leadership maturity grows and your leadership responsibilities expand.

Read Putting Your Leadership Purpose to Work: Part 2 and find out how to put your leadership purpose into action. Visit the BB&T Leadership Institute website for more information.

 

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