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Leading into the New Year

December 27, 2012 by Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute

The end of a month, a season, and a year all mark a natural time for reflection as well as an opportunity to set goals and start anew. Like the coming of age, leadership is a process of growth that requires constant adjustment.

So, with the opportunity for a fresh start before you, take a moment to consider what you’re doing well and should continue to do, and what might present an opportunity for change. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

The subject of this Forbes article points out how a focus on control in a leadership role “restricts potential, limits initiative, and inhibits talent.”  Leaders who surrender their control and place their attention on community and culture are more likely to see creativity and openness flourish.

Emphasize Relationships
: One aspect of the work environment that has long remained unchanged: people like to know that they are appreciated. No need to break the bank, even a post-it note thanking your employee or co-worker for their help with a project is a form of recognition with a personal touch that is sure to be appreciated, and likely reciprocated.

Define Your Boundaries: It’s tempting to check that tweet, that message, that text. Sometimes we feel as though our work will not get done unless we take it home with us. Whatever your personal challenge is, decide what is acceptable and live by that law. Drowning out the noise, distractions and unnecessary stressors will aid your productivity, and likely or stress level, too.

We want to hear from you — What are your goals for the New Year? What are you going to continue to do or what will you look to change?

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