Developing better leadership and training through reality testing
Reality testing is the ability to see things as they actually are, rather than how we’d like them to be; keeping everything in perspective and staying grounded and realistic in your goals and expectations.
You don’t want to start seeing the world in black and white terms, as this is a sure-fire way to shoot down great ideas before they’ve even been properly developed, but you need to ensure your goals are actually practical and achievable, otherwise you’ll be facing a lot of disappointment and frustration in the future and will struggle when it comes to team building due to your staff constantly feeling disappointed and unmotivated.
Optimism is a wonderful thing, but if it’s not reined in by proper reality testing it can lead to problems. That’s why you need to make sure all your goals are SMART, with the aid of an executive coach if need be:
S – specific, significant, stretching
M – measurable, meaningful, motivational
A – achievable, attainable, agreed upon, acceptable, action-orientated
R – realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-orientated
T – time-based, timely, tangible, trackable
Make sure your goals will take you outside your comfort zone but are grounded enough to be achievable in the near future (with a little hard work and team building of course!). If you do this, you’ll gradually be able to take bigger and bigger steps outside your comfort zone and start setting yourself progressively more ambitious goals with the aid of your executive coach.
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