Leadership - The Power
Although 68% of Americans have identified that they would be happiest in the year ahead "making progress on their goals," only 9% are actively doing something to achieve them.
Are your employees actively taking steps toward their goals? A recent survey indicates "no." The survey found that American's aren't taking their futures very seriously. Specifically, only 9% of those surveyed have a game plan to accomplish their goals in the coming year. With 99% of respondents indicating that they believe they are capable of accomplishing more in their lives, it is our responsibility as leaders to make certain our teams are actively taking steps toward "their" personal and professional goals. Isn't this what leadership is "really" all about?
The survey which was completed by a random group of adults over 18 years of age, also asked respondents to identify the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their goals. The top 3 reasons identified were as follows:
Interestingly enough, 10% of individuals felt the biggest issue that prevents them from achieving their goals was "doing it alone." This statistic alone emphasizes the need to promote team efforts and build motivation.
Supporting these results, participants were also asked if they felt they needed to improve their lives in specific areas such as personal confidence, family relationships, involvement in clubs/organizations, developing supportive friendships, their physical appearance (excluding weight), weight, financial stability, health/working out, career, and education. 99% of respondents felt they needed to improve in more than one area of life while over 90% of respondents felt they needed to improve in 5 or more areas. The areas that required the greatest improvement were developing financial stability, followed by health/working out, and losing weight. With the focus of leadership on the individual as a whole, these statistics open the door for us to "take interest" and "build a well-rounded employee."
To summarize, the survey indicates that 99% of respondents feel they need to improve their lives, but only 9% are actively doing something about it.
We do want more and we all know we can do more with our lives, but 91% of us aren't doing anything about it. We get caught up in day-to-day life and fail to visualize our future. When running a business, this mentality is deadly and will cause a business to self-destruct. With our personal lives, it can produce the same result. For the growth of the department and the company, we must take an active role in developing our employees personally and professionally. What we don't realize is that this will also create a very positive environment.
Respondents were asked to identify which course of action would make them feel positive about themselves and their lives, and other than "spending time with family," the #1 response was "achieving excellence in an area of life. As a leader, you have the direct ability to impact your team in a positive way and inspire growth.
Here are seven simple steps to further develop your leadership skills and build a stronger team.
With 10% of individuals indicating that their #1 reason for not achieving a goal is that they don't want to "do it alone" and over 30% indicating that they "procrastinate," these statistics are not to be ignored. Be the support system to keep your employees on track and hold them accountable. Ask them how things are going. 19% of individuals don't "have a game plan" and many times goals don't achieve goals because they don't know how to proceed. One brainstorming session with you can propel them to the next level of achievement.
Action creates results!
Gail Kasper is an internationally renowned motivational strategist. Multi-billion dollar companies, top CEOs, associations, Ivy League universities and professional sports teams have adopted Gail's ideas, leadership techniques and sales programs to increase performance and achievement. She is the author of the life strategy audio CD program Make a Decision to Win. Gail is the former Mrs. New Jersey America 2002 and has co-hosted the Emmy award-winning America's TV JobNetwork (airing on CBS and Fox). She currently hosts The Visitor's Channel. Coupling a business degree with psychology studies Gail is a nationally recognized certified trainer. For more information please visit www.gailkasper.com. To arrange an interview or appearance with Gail Kasper, please contact: Elizabeth White 530-274-3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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