Building a Better You

Leadership is correctly assessing a situation and knowing what to do next. It is understanding the importance of these steps and having the ability to develop and utilize the appropriate resources. Going into the height of the golf season, it may be prudent to take a moment and reflect – reflect on the direction you have personally developed and paved so far. Then assess what you would like to have happen before the end of the season.

Having a vision is a vital first step, both in being a relevant leader and team member. It is also a powerful internal driving force. Revisit your vision and mission for the remainder of the season. Examine yourself to understand your ideals and to clarify your core purpose. Then determine what you want and what you want to accomplish. Along these lines, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • What is my burning passion?
  • What mission in life absolutely obsesses me?
  • What is my dream about my work?
  • What work do I find totally absorbs me?
  • If I could invent the rest of the season’s future, what would that be for the facility or for  me?

Now make a list of all the things you want to achieve by the end of the season. For each item, ask yourself, “Why do I want this?”  Keep on asking why until you run out of reasons. By doing this exercise, you’re likely to discover the few higher-order values for which you strive. Then follow-up and ask yourself, “What do I need to do to make that vision come alive?”   Which parts of that vision will motivate and inspire others? And lastly, “What unintended consequences may occur when pursuing that vision?”

Also, revisit your core values. There are four or five principles that guide how you work, make decisions and career choices. Have you held steadfast to these principles? Some of your workplace values may be:

  • Being positive
  • Helping others
  • Showing tolerance
  • Making a difference
  • Focusing on detail
  • Delivering quality
  • Being completely honest
  • Being reliable
  • Being accountable
  • Being a great team member
  • Respecting workplace policy and rules, and respecting others

If you are challenged to answer some of these questions, reach out to a mentor or role model. They can assist you in clarifying your vision and direction.

True leadership is not something you learn once; skills are ever-evolving. Whatever your role is at the facility, as a golf professional, your customers and fellow staff look up to you. It is important to take this role seriously and do all you can to gain experience and improve your skillset. At this point in the season, take some time to reflect. You may find ways to build a better you.

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