“Where did the year go?”

You know it’s the end of the year when you start hearing murmurs such as “I can’t believe it’s Christmas already”, “this year has flown by”, and the like.

We say the same thing every year, don’t we?!

That’s because it’s all too common in our fast-paced modern lives that the more we do and the more we’re responsible for, the faster time seems to be eaten up (just like Mum’s pudding on Christmas Day!).

Even so, it’s important to take the time to stop and ‘smell the roses’ every now and then for our own mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, especially as the silly season ramps up to full flight.

So, amidst the flurry of December, how about you enjoy a wellbeing break right now?

Given that we are the Centre for Leadership Advantage (emphasis mine), let’s look at some of the key happenings for leaders here at home and around the globe throughout 2018…

  • Nelson Mandela: This year marked 100 years since Nelson Mandela, arguably one of the most influential leaders of our time, was born (and 5 years since he died). Some of Mandela’s more notable leadership qualities included his ability to anticipate the future and strategize effectively, to challenge the status quo, to interpret both sides in order to bridge the gap between races and align a deeply divided nation, and to demonstrate a growth mindset which saw him always learning and adjusting to ensure continuous forward motion.
  • Centre for Leadership Advantage pioneered the development of an exciting new assessment instrument – the LMITM Mindset Indicator – giving individual’s insight into their mindset being either growth or fixed across 15 leadership success factors. Designed to be used in leadership coaching and development programs, it is based on the science that says what we think, feel, and do stems from our mindset, and when you are more aware of the mindset you’re adopting, you can consciously determine if it’s likely to be a help or a hindrance to you in the moment.
  • International Women’s Day: For the second year in a row, International Women’s Day on March 8 was the #1 most talked about moment of the year on social media (as measured by Facebook), with Women in Leadership being particularly in the spotlight.
  • Business Chicks and Centre for Leadership Advantage forged an alliance to conduct ground breaking research into the challenges, opportunities and skills most critical for women in leadership in 2018 and beyond. The results unearthed the Top 5 challenges, including:
    • Opportunities for promotion
    • Dealing with bias
    • Multi-role conflict
    • Mindset
    • Lack of support by other women in business
  • LEAD, a multi-level program designed for Women in Leadership, is launched off the back of the Business Chicks and Centre for Leadership Advantage JV research (for more information go to https://centreforleadershipadvantage.com/lead)
  • The Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was broadcast to a global audience estimated at 1.9 billion. Whilst having always been a positive advocate for many causes, the new Duchess of Sussex’s role has positioned her as a leader in her own right, notwithstanding her Global Ambassadorship for World Vision, and being a Young World Counsellor – a movement that brings together young leaders from around the world so they can create positive and lasting change.
  • We pay homage to leaders in their field we said goodbye to: From musical icons Aretha Franklin, to scientific visionaries like Stephen Hawking, influential storytellers like Anthony Bourdain and Hollywood stars like Burt Reynolds.
  • Federal politics saw (another) PM ousted and a new leader elected – Malcolm Turnbull became the 4th Australian PM in a decade to be removed from leadership by his own Party, succeeded by Scott Morrison.
  • President of the United States Donald Trump accepts an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to meet in Singapore to discuss de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. It was the first summit between a United States President and the North Korean leader, ever.
  • Miguel Díaz-Canel is sworn in as President of Cuba, marking the first time since 1959 that Cuba has had a president other than Fidel Castro.
  • China’s government approves a constitutional change that removes term limits for its leaders, granting Xi Jinping the status of “President for Life“.
  • Michael D. Higgins is officially declared President of Ireland.

And that’s just a fraction of the year that was…

As you consider key leadership happenings in 2018, you can enhance your time of reflection by bringing it a little closer to home to include your own leadership insights and learnings; this practice is the secret of the world’s greatest leaders… experience-reflect-learn-pivot-progress.

At CLA, we are psychologists to the core, so why don’t you take this moment to do what all great leaders do and answer some reflection questions (and if you really want to get into the spirit of things, note down your responses!):

  • What was my leadership crucible this year (trials, missteps, tests of my principles, belief systems and core values)?
  • What did I do in the midst of my leadership crucible?
  • What did this experience teach me?
  • What have I gained as a result of this experience?
  • How can I use this to make me a better leader?

And based on your reflections from the above questions…

  • What’s my development focus for 2019?
  • What/who can help me achieve that?

The underpinning mindset that helps you continuously improve through leadership tests and trials is that of growth… and we’re excited to share the news that you will see a great deal more about mindset, particularly growth mindset, coming out of CLA in 2019 as we take our new assessment to market – watch this space!  

We are incorporating this into our coaching and development programs as a key insight driver, including LEAD, our specialist program for emerging and executive women in leadership, run in partnership with the global membership and development group, Business Chicks.

As we close out what has been an incredibly successful year, the team at CLA wish you and yours all the very best for the merry season ahead. We look forward to bringing you a wealth of exciting new developments in early 2019, particularly in the areas of Growth/Fixed Mindset and Women in Leadership.

To receive updates on progress and exciting developments, visit our website and enter your details via the Contact Us page – https://centreforleadershipadvantage.com/contact/

The office of Centre for Leadership Advantage closes on Friday 21st December and reopens on Monday 7th January, ready to take on 2019 like a boss.

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