By Corinne Mossman
As a leader, you have the power to create a significant impact on the people and world around you. It’s important to recognize that impact can be both positive and negative, but owning it is crucial to becoming a better leader. When you take ownership of your impact, you open yourself up to growth and learning. Acknowledging your mistakes and taking responsibility for them shows your team that you are not perfect, but you are willing to work towards being better. This vulnerability and honesty can build trust and respect with your team.
On the other hand, recognizing your positive impact can give you the confidence to continue leading with purpose and intention. When you see the positive results of your leadership, it can motivate you to push yourself further and inspire your team to do the same. We recently had a guest speaker at our regional relocation council, who challenged each person to share with their tablemates about a positive contribution they had, without thanking everyone involved, without minimizing the amount of time and effort that went in, without saying “we”, but really focusing on the positive individual contribution.….it proved way harder than it sounds!
Owning your impact as an authentic leader means taking responsibility for the influence you have on others and being genuine in your leadership approach. It involves being aware of your actions, decisions, and behaviors and understanding how they affect those around you. Here are some key aspects of owning your impact as an authentic leader:
So, whether your impact is positive or negative, own it. Embrace the opportunity to learn and grow, and use it as a catalyst for becoming a better leader. Owning your impact means taking responsibility for your actions, acknowledging the consequences they may have, and striving to do better in the future. It means being willing to learn from mistakes and making a conscious effort to create positive change, and then stopping to appreciate the positive change. Remember that leadership is not about being perfect, but about showing up authentically, taking ownership of your impact, and inspiring others to do the same.