Thanks for your comment, Heather. Great question. Well. So many places executives/leaders could start! I guess one provocative thing to start with is to consider how much you don’t listen, how much you don’t empower people, how much you are being like a parent. It’s impossible to get better and look good at the same time, so embrace being a beginner again. From there, you can start to get really curious and have conversations with people, asking them for what there experience of you as a leader is. I like the concept of “leadersmithing” i.e. don’t wait for opportunities to improve as a leader, create them. Generate opportunities for training that will challenge you, give you constant feedback, allow you to see your blindspots etc. And then practice new ways of being — again and again, making plenty of mistakes, taking responsibility for them, getting more feedback, and practicing until you build up new muscles in being a coaching, adult-adult leader.
What do you think?