We were challenged to think about what we should stop doing, start doing, or continue doing. If you have not already completed that exercise, I suggest you begin your year by doing so.

Once you have taken that initial step, I would like to propose two additional steps that will help you maximize your leadership in the new year.

First, look forward to 2017. Take time to craft some goals for the coming year; actually write them down. Ask yourself:

  • What do I want to accomplish in the next year?
  • Is there anything unfinished from 2016 that needs to carry over?
  • On what area(s) do I want to focus for personal development?
  • Who on my team needs extra investment from me this year?

Second, make a plan for how to achieve the goals you set. Ask yourself:

  • Which goals have the highest priorities?
  • What new habits do I need to put in place to be successful?
  • What milestones will help me accomplish my goals in a timely manner?
  • Do my goals match up with my calendar? How do I expect to maximize my time in the new year?
  • Who is going to hold me accountable for progress and achievement?


I have been reading up on the life of Jackie Robinson lately. He was a man who led many in our society through a major time of social transition, many of whom did not work with him or even know him. He did this by being engaged, working hard to be his best, leading by example, speaking of what needed to change, and exhibiting strong personal character.  Sounds like a pretty good way to lead, right? A quote from him grabs my attention: “Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion, you’re wasting your life.”

Leadership is not a spectator sport. We cannot be leaders and sit on the sidelines. We have to engage. We have to get in the game. Will you make 2017 the year that you “get in the game” to a greater degree than ever before? Your team and your success depend on it!


Moving forward, we will post every other week.  We look forward to serving you with these posts in 2017!

by Russ Sarratt