A helpful way to start becoming more of a leader in your own life is to think of yourself as a business. If I am the CEO of ‘Alisa Inc’, what’s my product or service? What do I do? What is the long-term strategy for my business and therefore what are the short- and medium-term goals that need to be achieved? What resources do I need, where do I need to invest, and what strategic risks should I take? What needs to change or improve so my business can grow?
Once you’ve defined what you do and where you are going, next consider your communications and marketing plan. How do you communicate what you do? How will you promote the unique and positive impact that your product or service creates? Finally, as CEO, you need to worry about the sustainability of ‘Alisa Inc’ – what needs to happen to keep the product or service fresh and quality high? Is rest and renewal adequately considered?
When you think about yourself as a business, and adopt the role of CEO, you can take a more clinical view of things. You force yourself to think more like a leader. When challenging or difficult situations arise in your life, you can use this technique to take away the emotions and shift into a more analytical or problem-solving mode. On the flip side, when opportunities present, try thinking like a leader in the tech world. CEOs of these businesses are usually entrepreneurial and innovative and need to embrace a degree of risk. They don’t keep things flat and stay the course, they push into new frontiers. They put fear of failure aside, think creatively and find the courage to evolve. But they’re not reckless. Rather, they seek advice, do the preparation, and then they back themselves. As the leaders of our own lives, we can do this too.