LEADERSHIP HABIT-BUILDING EXPLAINED
How leadership habit-building helps leaders sustain behavior change
JUNE 21, 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.
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Use defensive pessimism
Make it public
“We all tend to be highly influenced by the people around us. As a result, the people around us can help or hinder our ability to change.”
Measure the change
Another powerful tool to help leaders sustain behavior change is to measure it. Leadership behavior change is not as easily measured as, for example, weight loss. However, it can be done. In leadership habit-building, we do this by helping participants to set measurable behavior change goals and then use incident reporting.
For example, a leader who, as part of developing their leadership presence, wants to strengthen their ability to better master (modulate) their moods may set the goal of reducing the incidents of having a negative mood (e.g., feeling stressed, disheartened, disappointed, annoyed, etc.) to two times per day. Similarly, a leader who is working on strengthening their relationship with their direct reports may set a goal to meet weekly with each of them for a 45-minute 1-to-1s. Both of these are measurable leadership behavior change goals that they can track daily, and by the end of each week, fill out and share their weekly change tracker with the program leader.
This approach is highly effective in helping leaders sustain their change efforts because it provides proof of their change efforts – not just for themselves but also for others, such as their boss. Plus, it taps into their competitive streak – they don’t want to fail publicly.
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.