Before we can get tactical, a good leader needs purpose and strategic intentions. The mistake I see so frequently in leadership is that people don’t navigate support in alignment with the mission of the organization, OR they are so focused on the day-to-day that they don’t get intentional about moving an organization or department FORWARD. In this short article, we'll talk about tactical leadership and how Shattered Glass Leadership and Dr. Kristine can help you grow in your leadership practice.

Being tactical means that you understand the purpose and mission of your team, department or even family; you have CLEAR goals that are aligned to your mission and then EVERYONE knows how their role fits!  When people know how their role fits - they don’t need someone over their shoulder, they can innovate, plan, manage their time and even FAIL FORWARD!  

Position and title aren’t necessary to be a good leader, you’ll find that each of us plays leadership roles in different parts of our lives.

Phil Owens, a corporate behaviorist, said,

"Leadership is about more than just managing human resources. If you want to be successful at leading others, you have to first master the art of leading yourself."

Tactical leadership and you

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When I talk about tactical leadership, I start with YOU and YOUR mission; ponder what your life might look like 10 or 20 years down the road!  If you are aligned with your purpose and your goals are clear, you’ll find it’s easier to communicate with the people that support you. When you know what YOU want to accomplish, and why, you can communicate purpose and values to those you lead, so they embrace team goals. 

The desire for significance in life is universal and critical to achieving your goals over the long term.  Defining what brings significance to your life will help you focus on ways you can achieve your life purpose. It will drive many decisions so that you stay true to yourself and people see you authentically.  Once you understand your mission, you can set goals. Those goals may be around a side-hustle, a family trip, or creating a lifestyle. It all comes down to living your life with meaning. These rules apply as much to your personal life as they do to your professional life.

Become a tactical leader in ten steps

Consider joining my Tactical Leadership for Today course if you need direction on getting intentional, getting inspired and removing roadblocks. 

Here's the rundown of the lessons you'll be seeing inside the course. The lessons are short and actionable, they shouldn't take you longer than 30 min to finish. The best part is, though, that those 30 min will change the way you see your leadership. It'll open your eyes to new possibilities.

When you finish the ten lessons, you can always do them again! The idea here is that you gain the knowledge to be tactical every time. This course is a foundation for the rest of your life.

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Here's a sneak peek:

Have you been checking in on yourself lately? 

When I talk to women, I’m hearing the same things over and over…

"I’m TIRED"

"The target keeps moving"

“New normal”

The general response seems to be incredibly overwhelmed or “I probably shouldn’t complain, I know people that have it way worse.”

But the thing is, though, your feelings and your worries, matter.

So here I am, Dr. Kristine Medyanik, ready and waiting for you to join me at the Unlock your Influence retreat for women, complete with a luxury glamping experience… a retreat from your day-to-day which you need more than you think you do.  

The Unlock your Influence retreats aren't exactly spiritual retreats, but these words by Jiddu Krishnamurti, a famous spiritual leader, sum up the importance of going on retreat regardless of the spiritual inclination, "I think it is essential sometimes to go into retreat, to stop everything that you have been doing, to stop your beliefs and experiences completely and look at them anew, not keep on repeating like machines whether you believe or don’t believe. You would let fresh air into your minds."

Why do retreats matter - and what's in it for you?

Ladies - We’ve spent nearly 2 years modifying our living, our relationships, worried about the safety of our air. If you’ve spent any time watching my business grow, you will have heard how a sushi incident of 2020 sent me to a serious timeout… I’d reached a space of barely surviving all the pressure.  If this sounds familiar - it is time to go on RETREAT!  If you’ve struggled to rest or find time to rejuvenate, it is time to go on RETREAT!  Don’t wait until a dinner hiccup sends you into a frenzy, get some perspective, get recalibrated, get time with amazing women to gain validation and ideas to become grounded again. 

In the Unlock Your Influence Retreats, I dive deep into personalities. Why? Because over time, especially when we are tired, it's easy (and natural) to operate in our most basic self, even though that may not serve those around us. So recognizing when we can make a simple shift to have more influence will serve you 10x personally and professionally (think about the 5 Love Languages - we do this in our personalities too). 

After we dig into personalities, we layer in content around growth mindset, emotional intelligence, diversity (the kind you can see and the kind you can’t) and we have a lot of fun while we are at it.  As we continue to navigate our “new normal” (PS, I hate that term) we will have more needs as women to come together in community. Remote work will become more common, and in our business, it will be hard to find those connections. We’ve built an experience just for you to come together with like-minded women and celebrate our superpowers! 

This is not a conference of 100-1000 people!  We have a max of between 10-20 women at each retreat. You are known and valued as an individual and will find the space to set goals that make sense for YOU.

Sign up for a Shattered Glass Leadership Retreat today and change your life forever.

We will all celebrate that growth together

I don’t teach a one size fits all approach in any of my content, everything will be directly applicable to YOU, your needs and the person you are. You’ll find out quickly, that I also approach a lot of the content with humor and real-life moments…spoiler alert…even as an expert in this space, I tend to fall on my face and have to recalibrate often.  My leadership journey as a mom has been the most challenging of all the hats I wear, and you’ll get to see and hear how bad I’ve stepped in #leadershit during this time.

My hope is that it will encourage you to find humor in your own missteps. Leadership is a journey of progress and NOT a destination!  

So, it's time to go on RETREAT! Take the break to be on this journey with me!

I invite you onto my property, provide gift bags, a custom experience and so much more. Grab your favorite yoga pants, pack just the essentials and prepare to just arrive and be yourself!

I promise you’ll feel like a new person at the end of the time together! 

Is the "Unlock Your Influence" Retreat for you?

Are you having trouble seeing yourself as a leader in your workplace, community organization, or family? YES, this retreat is for you! 👍

Do you want to focus on unlocking your influence as a leader through awareness and honest discussion? Then, YES! 👍🏾

Are you an adult woman looking to increase your daily impact? YES! 👍🏽

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When you have high career aspirations, one thing you need to establish right off the bat is the fact that you can be a leader. In fact, you probably already are and just don’t know it yet. 

Whether you’re new to a particular office environment or you’ve been thinking about a way to get to the position you really want, being a good leader is important. Everybody can think of at least one “natural” leader in the office, but how do you become a leader if you’re not born with those skills?

When you’re trying to become an excellent leader, you have to first make a name for yourself. Avoid looking like someone who is overbearing or ridiculously ambitious.  So, how do you find the balance between the two? Take some time to consider the tips below to help you become a great leader at work without looking like a fool.

Get to Know Everyone

No matter who they are, or what they do, whether they’re related to your projects or not, make it a point to really get to know everyone you come in contact with. This means getting out and mingling a little bit. 

For example:

Even if they’re not people who can help your career directly, getting to know those you work with will teach you a lot about how the business works and what is going on.  You can start making connections between the different individuals you come in contact with and this can lead to wondrous things later when you need to put together a team. 

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Know When to Turn Down Work

Leaders are often considered the go-to guy or the go-to gal, so you might think a leader needs to accept every proposed project. In reality, this isn’t true. If you look over a project and determine you can’t handle it well, you’re going to be in a much better place by not accepting it.

Show respect to your colleagues and client by helping them find a capable person to complete the project if you’re not able to do so.

You should never avoid a project just because it is too much work. Always cite specific reasons you can’t complete a project. This shows that you are able to take ownership of your schedule. Plus, it proves that you only want to provide top quality results to others, not just rush jobs.

A simple “no” can be a great way to get others to take notice, especially if you’re otherwise very agreeable. 

Here are a few positive ways to turn down a project or assignment.

Work as Hard as Anyone Else

One of the great traits of good leaders is their willingness to work as hard as any of their teammates. If your team is working long hours, work with them. Lead by example and show them you’re willing to work and not just sit back and receive the credit. 

By showing your team this kind of respect, you’ll find they’ll respect you in return.  If the “hustle” culture is part of the everyday work, find a way to promote balance among your team members.  We all need to go in high gear periodically, but not all the time at the expense of our personal lives. If you can’t find the balance, you won’t promote it among your team. 

Offer Solutions

While you should strive to tackle problems before they happen, from time to time this isn’t possible. When things are problematic, make sure you step in with a solution that you’re willing to work on to improve the situation. 

Being remembered as someone who came forward with a solution will go a long way to earning respect as a leader in the workplace.

You can become a leader in your workplace, it just takes a little bit of time and effort, but it’ll be worth it!