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Leadership Today - Practical Tips For Leaders

Aug 4, 2023


Our thinking can fall into a rut over time. This week we explore five ways to take a broader perspective.



Hello and welcome to episode 195 of the Leadership Today podcast where each week we share practical tips to improve your leadership. This week we look at five ways to take a broader perspective. Over time it's easy to fall into the trap of narrow thinking. Our minds can become confined to familiar sources of information and limited perspectives from the people around us. To excel as leaders, we need to break free from this thinking rut and embrace new ways of approaching challenges.  Here are five ways to expand our horizons, foster innovation, and become more effective leaders.

  1. Read Widely: Leadership is not confined to a single field of expertise. To gain a broader perspective, it's crucial to read widely and explore knowledge outside our usual sources of information. Pick out books, articles, and research from various disciplines. By immersing ourselves in diverse sources of information, we can spark creativity, uncover new insights, and develop a more holistic approach to problem-solving. When we expand our intellectual horizons, we become better equipped to tackle complex issues with fresh and innovative ideas.
  2. Seek Out Diversity: Leadership thrives on diversity – diverse perspectives, experiences, and ideas. Actively engage with colleagues and stakeholders from different backgrounds, departments, and roles. Embrace diversity in ideas and actively seek out the viewpoints of others. Innovation often arises at the intersection of diverse ideas.
  3. Stay Informed about Industry Trends: In the ever changing world of business, staying informed about industry trends is essential. Keep yourself updated on the latest developments, challenges, and emerging opportunities within your industry or field. Dive into industry publications, attend conferences, and participate in webinars to broaden your knowledge base. Being informed empowers you to make data-driven decisions and see the bigger picture.
  4. Encourage Feedback and Constructive Criticism: Role model an openness to improvement by encouraging feedback and constructive criticism from your team members and peers. Create a culture of psychological safety, where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts without fear of retribution. Embrace feedback as opportunities for growth, not personal attacks. By being receptive to suggestions, you can expand your perspectives and gain valuable insights that you might have otherwise missed.
  5. Use Data and Analytics: In today's data-driven world, relying on data and analytics is essential for informed decision-making. Data provides an objective understanding of a situation and reveals patterns and trends that might remain hidden from our limited perspectives. By analysing relevant data, you can gain a clearer and more holistic picture of your organisation's performance, customer needs, and market dynamics. This empowers you to make well-informed decisions that drive growth and success.

As leaders, it’s important to recognise the risks of falling into a thinking rut. To thrive in the face of challenges, we must actively break free from our comfort zone and expand our horizons. Reading widely, seeking diverse viewpoints, staying informed about industry trends, encouraging feedback, and using data and analytics are great strategies to become more effective and innovative leaders. Try applying one of these approaches this week and let me know how you go.


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