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Three areas to improve for the best year yet

Ready for a great new year?

I certainly am!

To help you prepare for your best year yet, I have compiled a list of the top three areas leaders need to develop and relinquish in 2023.

I created this list after observing hundreds of leaders in 2022. I have seen what works, and I have observed some key areas that often hold people back from achieving their goals. 

So, as you read my suggestions, think about areas you are already acing and where you require some development.

Action versus analysis

PerfectionismThis year, leaders need to focus on taking action and relinquishing the need for perfectionism and analysis paralysis. If you tend to overthink your choices, this goal is for you. It’s time to stop overcomplicating your decision-making by constantly weighing your options. Often, there is not one right solution.

So, identify your objective, gather your data, narrow down your options and take faster action on the most desirable alternative. Rather than wasting your time stuck in analysis paralysis, use your time to create a viable implementation plan and move into action sooner. 

Confidence versus criticism 

In 2023, I’d like to see more leaders develop their confidence and relinquish their self-doubt and self-criticism. Unfortunately, I often see the habit of self-critical thoughts when working with leaders.

Developing your confidence is a mindset. You have to decide that you are done being hard on yourself. You have to draw a line in the sand and agree to be kinder to yourself. You need to be vigilant about your self-talk and keep it positive. You need to get clear on your strengths and leverage them more.

Also, when you receive a compliment, you accept it graciously. You say “thank you” and welcome the positive feedback rather than minimizing or ignoring the message. 

Strategic versus stuck- in-the-weeds 

This year, think expansively. Now that we have settled into “the new normal,” it is time for leaders to start challenging the status quo. It’s going to be important this year to get out of the weeds and build time for your team to think strategically.

How can you do this? Well, start by considering what is working, what is not, and what changes you need to make to improve what’s not working right now. 

Which of these three areas do you need to develop this year?

Which habits and behaviors do you need to relinquish to be more effective? 

Vanessa Judelman

Vanessa Judelman is an author, coach, and sought-after leadership expert. Over the past 20 years, she has created a proven formula to develop results-oriented leaders who feel empowered and confident in their job. Vanessa is the author of Mastering Leadership: What It Takes to Lead in Today’s Fast-Paced World. Order your copy here.

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