Play the ?leader role? that?s worthy of an Academy Award!
I?watched the movie ?Martians? recently and was again impressed by Matt Damon?s performance and his ability to fully embrace the characters he plays. Without wanting to trigger a ?spoiler? alert, for those who haven?t seen the movie, let me just say that I was completely convinced he is a botanist in real life!
As leaders, we play a variety of ?roles?, including the?
- Friend ? who listens, gives comfort and makes you feel better
- Sibling ? who loves you but tells you things you might not want to hear
- Lawyer ? who challenges the decisions you make and keeps you on your toes
- Policeman ? who enforces boundaries
- Accountant ? who keeps you on track with the ?less exciting? stuff
- Entertainer ? who presents a vision that inspires you to be your best
Some roles come naturally to us and we enjoy them, while other roles make us feel uncomfortable and tend to avoid them. Unfortunately, it?s this discomfort that often separates ?average? leaders from ?extraordinary? leaders.
So what can we do about it? Well, if like me, you dreamed of being an actor when you were a kid, this might be the very answer you?re looking for. When I?m uncomfortable playing a particular leadership role I pretend I?m an actress who has accepted a role in a box office hit…and I do what an actress would do in this situation – that is:
- Research my character ? who can I model from; who does it well; what do they say; how do they say it..etc;
- Write out my lines and memorise them;
- Practice in front of the mirror or in front of someone who can provide feedback;
- Understand what emotional state is needed and get into that state before playing the part; and then,
- Make it my best performance?one worthy of an Academy Award!
In her TED Talk, ?Your body language shapes who you are?, Amy Cuddy talks about the concept of ?power posing? and how practicing a certain posture can help you to ?fake it until you become it?. Her research suggests that one physical action can have great benefits on ones? mindset. She says ?our bodies change our minds and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes?.
So ?play? the role until you become the extraordinary leader. See you on the red carpet!!
Shelley Flett is a passionate leader with a keen focus on assisting others to identify their goals and move in a direction to ensure they?re achieved.
She is a Directional Leadership Coach, Trainer, Facilitator, Mentor and Speaker who ignites vision and purpose in those she works with.
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