Do you have friends or colleagues that are just natural hosts? They make a dinner gathering of twenty look like it was effortless to pull together?
I went to a Christmas party this season that I would describe as perfectly wonderful. The hosts made everyone welcome, the décor and food were fantastic, music and conversation filled the room. It was a lovely evening and really added to the joy of the season. As I was commenting on the ability to pull off such a wonderful evening, a friend remarked, “It takes a lot of work to make it look so easy!”
Her comment really hit a chord with me and as we drove home that evening, I wondered aloud to my husband about the amount of effort it must have taken to make hosting that evening look so easy. As usual, he compared it to golf. The hours of preparation and practice that allow those professional golfers to make those incredible shots look so easy.
And as usual, I compared it to leadership.
We all aspire to be the kind of leader that makes everyone feel comfortable, be inspired, find our voice, do our best. At some point in our careers, we have all seen leaders that we admire for what appears to be effortless and effective leadership. I have often wondered; how do they make leadership look so easy?
Well, like any professional perfecting their skills, effective leadership is no different. It takes skill development, practice and concentrated effort to make it look so easy.
So…. as we head into the new year, what will you do to up your leadership game? And how will you coach those leaders around you to enhance their performance, practice effective leadership and score for the benefit of the whole team.
Give it some thought and let me know if I can be of any assistance in the coaching department.