Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with our Eagle Coaches for an onsite training day. This group is made up of experienced leaders and executives who are committed to using this season of their careers to coach and invest in the lives of leaders across the world. It was a diverse group of people of differing ages, personalities and career paths. All had been and continue to be, strong leaders who bring a plethora of experience to any situation. The day was filled with lots of challenging insight and wisdom from the group. The men and women present were fully engaged and committed to ongoing growth as leaders.
One seasoned leader made a statement that continues to challenge me. He said, "We have the opportunity as coaches to see the immediate need as well as the bigger picture with each client". So many times we can get caught up in the moment that we lose the ability to step back and look at the bigger picture.
It is our responsibility as leaders to look at how our behavior, our actions, and ultimately our leadership affects the whole organization. This means understanding our "why" and executing with the action that aligns with our direction and purpose. We are constantly tempted to take the easy way out…to react rather than to respond.
What if we looked at the bigger picture when we respond to those we love? What if we refused to allow instant gratification or impulsivity to drive our behavior?
When we choose to see the bigger picture and lead with purposeful response we will make a difference.