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Sunday, May 7, 2017

What Bad Leadership Habits Are Holding You Back?

As humans we all have bad habits that we engage in routinely. It's too bad we can't be Super Human, but even the Superheroes we admire in our pop culture have their weaknesses too. For the majority of us, it's just a fact of life. However, it doesn't mean that we cannot change at least one bad habit at a time.

As you may know, if you've been following my leadership consulting work, my purpose in life is to empower people. Part of that is helping business owners and leaders reach their full potential. Many of us when we think of bad habits, first consider the habits that affect us the most in our personal lives; however, they affect our workplace cultures too! So, for this post, I want you to consider the bad habits that may be negatively impacting your team and those you influence in your organization. It could be as simple as working with the door closed more often than you should, which over time, will impact how your team sees you with regards to your approachability as a leader.

One of the coaches I work with, Dr. Nathan Baxter, recently gave me some insight into how we can break our bad habits. For starters, what is a bad habit: "A habit is an action or thought that you do without realizing it (subconsciously). A bad habit is something you do that you believe is holding you back from experiencing your full potential," (Baxter 2017). So, as a leader and influencer of others, what bad habits do you routinely engage in that keep you from experiencing your full potential?

Here are some tips to move forward:
  1. Make a list of 3-5 bad habits you believe are holding you back from reaching your full potential as a leader.
  2. Pick the one that you think is holding you back the most.
  3. Really consider the motive behind this habit, and identify the real reason you think it is holding you back.
  4. Replace the habit with something good!
As Dr. Baxter has suggested, the goal is to move your bad habit from the Subconscious to the Conscious level, replace it with something good, and make the good behavior so routine that it too becomes a subconscious activity.

Rinse & Repeat!