It’s been an interesting time to read and listen to people’s perspectives on moving from 2020 to 2021. I must admit I’m not much of a ‘new years’ person.
The concept of making grand goals that I know I will likely not follow through on is frankly a bit depressing. This particular ‘new years’ experience has been much more interesting.
Many pieces I’ve read are expressing sentiments like “good riddance 2020” and “so glad to see 2020 end”. Others I have had conversations with have very much the opposite view, they are reflecting on the blessings of 2020, what they learned about themselves and the realization of what is important in their life.
Yet these people are very hesitant to speak those thoughts out loud as they too have heard more sentiment around moving on from this past year.
They fear they will be judged negatively for not feeling as dreadful about 2020 as many others feel.
Most leaders we work with had the most challenging leadership year of their careers. Their leadership skills were challenged in a way they could not have imagined.
They dealt with scenarios they could not foresee, made many decisions they never imagined having to make, and tried to keep their team connected to a future vision that was very unclear.
Leading without GPS
One leader shared this, “It was like I headed out of port on my boat from New York bound for the Cayman Islands, a storm blew up and I ended up in the middle of the ocean, no land in site and my GPS was gone.”
We ended up getting into a great conversation reflecting on what he learned about himself and his leadership in 2020 and how that was going to inform how he wants to lead moving forward.
What’s your Leadership Story?
I love the questions asked in this article What's Your Headline for 2021?
What weaknesses emerged in 2020?
What strengths did you capitalize on?
What goals were set, and how can you hold yourself accountable to achieve them?
What’s your game plan?
I saw this quote recently by Steven Maraboli,
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What lessons did you learn about yourself in 2020?
What do you want to leave behind and what do you want to bring forward?
How are you planning to shape your 2021?
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