The last week of August was cousin swim camp. My three grandchildren spent the week in the pool. My oldest grandson, Jack spent the week resisting submerging his head. Finally, at the end of the week, he looked at us with exasperation from the steps of the pool and said, “I don’t want to do this part, let’s skip it and go to the next part.”
That part he was talking about, was actually getting in the water and doggy paddling, getting his face wet. Throughout the course of the week he skipped around from one basic to the next but avoided the actual part of swimming. Doing the basics he was best at and avoiding the others.
I want you to think of that for yourselves. Each of you is a leader. You have been instructed in the basics over and over again.
But are you doing them?
Are you setting a good example?
Are you communicating effectively?
Are you listening?
Are you recognizing potential in others?
Are you tolerant enough of mistakes to help your team move past them and improve?
Do you have frequent self-reflection?
Are you sincere?
These are the basics. The fundamentals. The daily principles leaders live by to be successful.
Your challenge this week is to practice the leadership skill of self-reflection. Reflect on the basics, are you doing them? Or skipping to the skills that come easily to you.
You can’t short-change the basics…ever.