Gut Check – Are You a Leader Adrift?

The definition of being adrift is “(a boat or its passengers) floating without being moored or steered; without purpose of guidance; lost and confused.”

Could this be you and your current career? Note: We are not talking about a leadership team drift, where teams lose their focus without realizing it. That’s a different topic for a different day – but the same thing can happen to individuals. This is a personal gut check to see if you are on a path with clarity and purpose, or if you are drifting along, unmoored, to continue with the maritime metaphor.

Find out. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you enthusiastic about your work?
  • When you reflect on your day at work, do you feel a deep sense of satisfaction?
  • Is the person you are at work the same as the person you are outside of work?

If you answered ‘no,’ to 2 or more of these, take heart: There are many reasons why you are off track. It could a major change or illness in your family – by the time the dust settled, you forgot about your goals and dreams. Or perhaps it has been a series of small decisions and somehow your career has turned into “just a job.” Or you moved up quickly and then stopped paying attention. You stopped being intentional about your choices, and then momentum – and complacency – took over. Or maybe you were never on a clear course from the beginning. It’s never too late to take stock and chart a new, more rewarding course.

Whatever the reason, here are a few more questions to help you refocus and stop leadership drift.

  1. What do I want to do? — not, What should I do?
  2. What do I truly desire? — not, What do I want to move away from or get rid of?
  3. Why do I want that? Here you need to dig deep on your initial answers to discover what is fundamentally important to you.
  4. What do I care deeply about?
  5. What do I want to be known for?
  6. What is the legacy I want to leave?
  7. How do I want to feel about myself?
  8. How do I want others to feel about me?

Crafting a personal leadership vision, setting goals and taking action to get back on track is important for you and the teams you lead. The first step is to get clear about what matters most and where you want to go. You can do this and we can help. Visit



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