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New Year’s Resolutions for Leaders

2017 is in the books for all intents and purposes. And depending on when you read this article, it literally may be as well! With a new year, comes new hope, ambitions, and goals. Generally, these ideas come in the form of new year’s resolutions. A declaration from an individual of how they are going to better themselves in the upcoming year.

Resolutions and leadership do not go hand-in-hand. But they are valid nonetheless. The following list is a few which leaders should consider when making their new year’s resolutions for 2018.

  1. Read more. As leaders, we are often reviewing documents, but I am not referring to that. I mean actually read more books. The benefits of leisure reading are abundant out there with articles such as this one, and that one and the benefits are quite clear. Reading makes you think and analyze better, which in turn will help you with your day job. Where to start? Merely allocate 30 minutes a day to reading, in the morning before work, during your lunch break or before bed; it doesn’t matter. As well, if you are not sure about what to read, I have been amassing a great list of recommended books at my site’s Resources page which can definitely help you find something of interest.
  2. Get in better shape. The most popular new year’s resolution by far is exercise related, and it should be no different for you as a leader. The mental benefits listed in this University of Bristol journal article include reduced stress, increased cognitive performance, better sleep quality and so-on. All these things will make you a better leader immediately and for the long-run as well. Where to start? Simply just being more active, walking more will immediately have benefits. If time is a concern, I was always a fan of the P90X programs, and P90X3 has 30-minute workouts which you can quickly work into your day and is designed for men and women of all fitness levels.
  3. Join a mastermind. Masterminds are great groups for you to meet new people, gather feedback and help others while being held accountable to your goals; a complete list of their benefits was listed in this article. These groups can be made up of a handful or hundreds of people and will be a benefit to anyone who joins and participates. Where to start? A quick google search will no doubt land you thousands of returns. As well, many high-end podcasts have them. However, be aware that most of these will cost you money and it could even run you to the hundreds if not thousands of dollars. I run my Mastermind which is free and focused on leadership development.
  4. Listen more. Daily commutes last from 20 minutes to 2 hours these days. Do you spend that time listening to music while stuck in your vehicle? Stop wasting your time with music and use the time to better yourself. Where to start? Podcasts are a great way to expand your knowledge and get some informal professional development in. The following list is some of my favorite shows:

Not matter if you take the list of ideas I have provided or not, making improvements in your life should on the top of your to-do list every day. However, my list will allow you to quickly add value to your life and develop new skills or sharpen your current skills further. Remember to get help though, as only eight percent of people end up keeping their resolution. You will want to make these changes and make them stick. Here’s to a better 2018!