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What are you paid to do?

Ask yourself what you’re paid to do. Was your answer “to get results”? Results are a factor of the activities you’re paid to do. In a leadership role, your activities might be getting your employees around roadblocks, protecting them from workplace politics so they can focus, inspiring and motivating them, and building a culture of trust and accountability that fuels productive work. The aggregate of those activities drives results. 

Why is this question important? If a goal is your only focus, the roadmap to get there is undefined. As a result, it’s inefficient and unmotivating. Leaders who inspire employees to maximize their potential will reach goals without losing people or burning them out along the way. 

Self-awareness is key for leaders—some motivate with enthusiasm and drive, others get buy-in and inspire from the bottom up. Acknowledging your natural, genuine leadership style helps align your approach to what the organization and your team need, and helps deliver results organically.

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