Becoming a Self-Evolved Leader with Dave McKeown
In this episode, hear leadership expert Dave McKeown challenge leaders to break the cycle of mediocrity and take responsibility for their own development. In his latest book, The Self-Evolved Leader, McKeown acknowledges that it is easy for leaders to get stuck in the busyness of the day-to-day and allow themselves to be disrupted at any time. Leaders need to spend less time taking care of every little detail and more time developing, inspiring, and encouraging their staff.
The focus of the self-evolved leader is to help team members achieve shared goals and become the best version of themselves they can be. To do this, it is important for leaders to reclaim their attention—be able to focus on the task at hand and not be interrupted by the ring of the phone or the ping of the computer. The ability to prioritize is the key.
McKeown also describes how a leader must learn to facilitate the workflow of the team. It is easy for a leader to take on a task that should be delegated to a team member when it is faster just to do the task themselves. But self-evolved leaders understand that time invested in teaching the team member is worth it. The leader is not only adding to the skill set of the direct report, but also creating more time to focus on the strengths they as the leader bring to the overall team effort.
Ultimately, McKeown advises leaders to take control of only the things they can control—and not fall victim to the things they can’t.
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