“All you can do is learn good to balance the bad. Learn and do all the good within your reach. Then, if you wake in a sweat, you have something to set against the dream.”— Tamora Pierce

The equinox was yesterday. The sunrise came as expected, splitting the night from the day in a perfect balance. In the Northern Hemisphere, it brought summer to a close and here in New York, it ushered in a season where the leaves will be painted with the glories of fall. Whether your part of the globe is turning toward longer or shorter days, this is a perfect time for a pause to look at the bigger picture of leadership. Here are four leadership questions for you to ponder:
  1. Is the work you are doing building your skills?
  2. Are you leading your projects in a way that is building the talents of the team’s members?
  3. Are you and those you are leading doing the work in a way that will exhaust them by the start of 2020 or in a way that will have them leaping into the new year with momentum?
  4. Are you having fun with your leadership?

It is my observation that those leaders who answer the first three questions with a strong “Yes!” are almost certainly having fun while leading. If they answer no, it is less likely.

I encourage you to work on moving all your answers to a “Yes!”. You will find that the value you provide to those around you, your company, and your customers will grow.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

Alan Willett



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