LEADERSHIP HABIT-BUILDING EXPLAINED
How leadership habit-building helps leaders design and implement changes in their leadership behavior
JUNE 8, 2022 | BRENDA VAN CAMP
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In this 3-part blog series, “Leadership habit-building explained,” we explore and discuss the design practices, tools, and strategies that leadership habit-building uses to help leaders turn what they learn into lasting new leadership habits.
One often-heard complaint is that traditional leadership programs focus too much on knowledge transfer and not enough on translating that knowledge into actionable behaviors and enabling participants to implement the new desired behaviors.
Leadership habit-building uses several strategies to address this shortcoming of traditional leadership development. Below we will discuss the following three leadership habit-building strategies:
- Make it actionable
- Make it incremental
- Anticipate implementation moments
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Make it actionable. Get specific.
Make it incremental. Leverage the power of small wins.
Anticipate critical implementation moments.
Lastly, to help leaders ready themselves to implement a desired new behavior, leadership habit-building leverages visualization to help them anticipate the situations when they will need to implement it. Neuroscientific research has proven that visualizing these circumstances activates and strengthens the very neural circuits that a leader will need to recruit when it is time to perform the new leadership behavior. So our visualization exercises prime participating leaders mentally and emotionally to spot those moments, events, or situations as and when they happen and then to implement the new desired behavior.
Failing to recognize those moments, events, or situations, leaders are more prone to be surprised and, as a result, respond with a knee-jerk reaction and fall back into their old ways.
To learn how to use leadership habit-building tools and strategies to turbo-charge the effectiveness of your leadership development programs, check out our next Leadership Habit-Building Masterclass for L&D leaders.