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Over the last few years I’ve been sharing my views on some of the specific actions that leaders, current or future, can take to improve your impact or effectiveness and to create the right conditions for others to succeed.

There’s a clear theme within my thinking – namely “how do you want it to be around you?” (still one of my favourite questions – often accompanied by “and how is it?”)

In part it’s simply about the choices you make, where you flag interest, where you choose to devote your time and energy. It will be noticed.

I want to see more leaders choosing one (or more if you so desire) of these areas as you focus on your continued professional development:

Remove complexity – reduce interference, clear the path and lighten the load so that strategic objectives can be the focus for all (including you)

Appreciate more – be alert to what is going on around you and set the tone in your team & your business by being the positive person who appreciates

Be authentic – especially through being appropriately open, by sharing your thoughts and beliefs whilst being careful to control of display of emotions

Focus on strengths – think more about what people can do and less about what they cannot

Be inclusive – we are human and seek similarity so learn to value what is unusual to you and to welcome then leverage different points of view

(The links take you back to previous blogs on each topic.)

In the spirit of removing complexity I’d like to see all leaders choose just one of these and really focus on it for up to a year.

This makes your coming 9 – 12 months all about one thing, you can drive the topic through your and others’ objectives, you can make it a theme which pervades everything you do.

It can genuinely be brought to life in this way. It could well shift your leadership brand.

So which one are you choosing? Which one will really enhance your leadership effectiveness?