The Interplay Between Executive Presence And Performance
July 28, 2022
Have you ever wondered why the tires of your car need to be aligned? If any of them is misaligned, it becomes impossible to move forward efficiently. The same logic applies to business Leaders who have to perform under all circumstances. For decades, performance has been defined as an achievement of quantified objectives, but it has changed with passing time. Today, performance is a matter of the strategies that you implement to achieve those goals. How much mental and physical efforts have been applied to tasks? As believed that high performance comes from appropriate behaviour and effective sync between actions and thoughts, Introspection takes centre stage.
Breaking it down; Introspection helps you understand your own thoughts, and process your learnings and gives insights to answer your doubts to act smart.
Does your performance give you a sense of contentment? Does your performance inspire people around you? If not so, you need to synchronise your thoughts, skills, and behaviour with your values. Wondering how to put it into action? Intuition is a freely available tool to balance your values and actions. Intuition is also called “A Gut Feeling” that blips when something is off, signalling that values are conflicting with your actions. When the values of behaviour are crooked or misaligned, that gut feeling turns into negative thoughts.While the first step to becoming a compelling leader is knowing your values (self-awareness), leaders can pause the effects or choose an alternative that is more closely lined up with their values. Research demystifies the myths and truths about self-awareness and reveals that only 10-15% of professionals are self-aware.
Simply put, self-awareness refers to knowing your own thoughts, behaviour, actions and personality.
Let’s Begin With Knowing Performance?
So, you are dedicating 9-hours to your job every day. Right? But results matter as everyone is obsessed with them. In the world of working people, most people, nearly everyone, seem to spend a lot of time talking about appreciation, rewards and scoreboards rather than utilising that time on getting better results. Performance simply refers to the achievement of measurable objectives. However, performance is not just about achieving your goals but how you achieve them. A high-performance result comes from appropriate behaviour, effective use of experience, skills and competencies. While performance is a core value of any organisation, realising your values such as accountability, responsibility, and quality are important. It means identifying your values and aligning them with your actions to ensure your vision becomes a reality. Great performance requires more than just skills, experience and know-how. The right mindset, energy and approach are vital to excel in what you do. Your performance is your choice. You cannot choose the results, but you can always choose your performance.
What is the difference between doing something and doing something well!
Life remains the same, whether you are in the workplace or at home and making emotion-led decisions is where most leaders fall off track. You might be doing your best but If your performance does not motivate you, you are yet to unlock your potential. You can bridge the gap between doing something and doing something well simply by aligning your values with your performance.
Discovering your core values increases your confidence and strengthens your decision-making. Once you know whether or not your decision aligns with your values, it becomes easy to address loopholes and perform well. Your core value can be anything that gives you a kick at the day-end, justifying your efforts and rewards. It can be acceptance, honesty, integrity, knowledge, happiness, growth, self-enhancement, self, transcendent or anything which gives you a moral purpose.
Starting and finishing off your day by reminding yourself of your principles and values might also be a good idea to bridge this gap. The most basic definition of values is that they are a set of beliefs that influence how you think and perform. They are ideas that are important to shape how you set goals, respond to situations and address challenges to accomplish your goals.
How Discovering Values Can Help You Outperform?
Successful leaders have one thing in common. They know where they lack. They listen to the inner voice (self-awareness) to determine their values and club them with their actions. When the way your work matches your values, you will feel satisfied and content. This is why identifying your values is important.
Values exist, whether you identify them or not. However, life can be easy when you recognise your values and align them with your actions. Values are usually stable as they do not have strict boundaries.
When you recognise your values, you find what is important to you and what is not. The right way to identify your values is by returning to life and finding when you were really happy and confident.
Here’s how to identify your values;
- Identify the times when you were happiest.
- Identify the times when you were so proud.
- Identify the times when you were content.
- Identify your top values based on your happiness, pride and feeling of fulfilment.
Aligning Your Values With Actions: How Do You Actually Do It?
Knowing your values is one thing and living by them is another. When you start to align your values with your actions, life starts to flow and your performance thrives. However, creating such a scenario is a struggle for all of us, primarily business leaders who spend considerable time thinking, drafting and redrafting this vision and mission statements. They spend nowhere enough time aligning their organisational goals with the values that are already in place.
While Describing the identification of core values, we found that most organisations haven’t clearly defined their values. We think that values refer to a person’s principles or standards of behaviour. One’s understanding of what is right and what is not and what is important in life is considered value.
When it comes to aligning values and actions, we all need to define our purpose and values first. Just to clarify, values are not the things you want to achieve, but the reason why you want to achieve them. They are principles and moral beliefs that you live by. Yes, you can say that they are your core values.
Once you are done with this exercise, think about the actions where you can align these values. For instance, your value is honesty. So the action you can take to align it is being honest; first with yourself, second with others. Practise aligning your values with your everyday actions so life will flow smoothly.
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