Every year around this time, people start thinking about the new year and what they want to do better or differently. This leads to the creation of New Year's resolutions. Now, many people take New Year's resolutions lightly – according to one study, as few as 8 percent of people actually see their goals through to fruition.
But that does not make New Year's resolutions unimportant. Self improvement is important, and even the act of creating a resolution helps people come to terms with some of their inherent flaws. For example, if people want to lose weight, even simply admitting they are overweight can be a great first step to making meaningful changes. Sure, maybe they do not hit their goal of losing all the weight they wanted to, but even creating that awareness may lead to long term changes in their lifestyles.
This is why it is important for business leaders to make New Year's resolutions. They have a million things to attend to every day of their business lives and other priorities may hinder their completion of their aspirations. However, if resolutions help identify flaws that need to be worked on, that can be beneficial for self-improvement in the long run. Maybe they do not completely address these issues, but they could work on them, at least.
Here are a couple of business resolutions that leaders could consider to improve their effectiveness in the workplace in 2015:
Improve communications: If leaders are quiet by nature, the first step is to work on communication. It is easy to only communicate when it is necessary, responding to inquiries and questions asked by workers. But leaders can learn so much through communication, whether in casual conversation with employees or during catchup calls with clients. This information can help them make more informed business decisions over the long haul. This all starts by being verbal. From there, managers can look to further refine their conversational skills.
Hold people accountable: As Business 2 Community contributor Gabriel Bristol noted, most leaders fail because they do not hold people accountable for their jobs.
"It is crucial that at the onset of any endeavor you determine what the metrics are to define success versus failure," Bristol suggested. "Once the standards are set you must utilize your telecommunications reports, CRM reports, or human administrative resources to provide you with regular updates on each person and each team's performance."
Bolster emotional intelligence: Although many leaders would like to say their business decisions come straight from their minds and not their hearts, the fact of the matter is that emotions do play a significant role in making business decisions. Learning how to leverage emotions and gain influence in specific situations can be a significant asset in everyday work situations.
A new year is the perfect time for some self reflection. While managers may not be able to completely revolutionize the way they approach their jobs, conducting self-assessments and making resolutions may at least help them improve in some aspects.