Sometimes things don't go the way we planned them. The need for change is inevitable. How you respond to it as a leader will set the tone for your team to proceed with courage or caution.
Growth is an incremental process that usually feels slow, but the cumulative transformation can be inspiring when you step back. There may be extraordinary seasons of growth, but there are also those where you find yourself stalled out, burned out, or having just experienced failure. How do you agilely adapt to these circumstances?
Humility is essential to growing as a servant leader, and I believe a critical ingredient is honesty. You need honesty about the past, present, and future. An honest appraisal of things leads you to see yourself more rightly. I know I contributed to the way things turned out, even when parts were out of my control. I can’t take credit or blame for those things out of our control. I am, however, responsible for how we responded to them.
When it's time to restart, don't miss the opportunity to lead your team to look back and evaluate. You can begin with simple questions like
Honesty doesn't have to be punitive. To goal is to honestly see what contributed to the outcomes the team experienced. The team will sense if your goal is growth or blame. The feedback from your team might be about you as a leader. How you give and receive feedback will tell the team a lot. If done well, you will invite their honest and constructive feedback. You are creating a culture where honest feedback can become the norm.
You want your life to have meaning and impact.
What if your everyday work and life not only felt natural and intuitive but also aligned with your priorities and positively impacted those around you?