The start of the financial year reminds me of the mix of excitement and trepidation that heading back to school in September used to trigger for me.
In September, I found myself in a room with a bunch of other #Accenture partners asking ourselves three difficult questions — requiring deep self reflection and feeling incredibly uncomfortable about how self indulgent it felt to be thinking about myself in this way.
The questions were:
1. Who am I as a leader?
2. What kind of leader do I want to become?
3. What am I prepared to do to make it happen?
As with most of what I write on social media, I decided to share my thoughts here as a snapshot in time. It’s week 64 as an Accenture partner.
So, Who am I as a leader?
I am very focused and results oriented but believe in getting results through clear direction setting, active listening, and genuine collaboration and team work, while having a bit of fun along the way. I feel a sense of duty of care to my clients, colleagues, teams and, more recently, equally to myself.
What kind of leader do I want to become?
I’d like to be a leader that makes an indisputably positive, material and lasting impact to: the business and partnership that I am a part of, the industries and clients that I advise and work with, the people that I come in contact with and ideally society.
What am I prepared to do to make that happen?
I believe that being deliberate in — what I work on, where I spend my time and who I work with are key to achieving these goals. This would involve saying ‘no’ to a lot of the usual professional services opportunities while saying ‘yes’ to others that show the potential to become something truly iconic. It’s a strategy that some might say is risky, but has the potential to be hugely impactful and personally rewarding.
So watch this space — I’d be curious in 1, 5 and 10 years’ time to look back on this self #reflection and see what changes in my accenture and personal #modernleadership journey. #lettherebechange
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