Respond to this statement five times: “I am the kind of leader who…”
Then, respond to this statement three times: “Right now, my team is…”
Finally, respond to this statement just once: “The most important thing I can learn next is…”
Once you’ve completed your responses, decide which item about your team is most important to address right now and which item from your leadership attributes should be employed to address it.
For example, if I decide that “Right now, my team is struggling in their transition to a new process” is what needs to be focused on and I also have written down that “I am the kind of leader who invests a lot of time and energy coaching my team” I have just identified the beginnings of my approach to addressing this need.
Ideally, once you have your responses in place you will talk them over with someone. This helps you flesh out your thinking and test drive the “why” of your ideas.
(Optionally, you can replace “leader” with father, mother, friend, colleague or any other role of importance to you right now.)
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know what you think.