Leaders Aren’t Supposed To Brag

I know what you’re thinking.  Sound leaders don’t spend their time bragging.  Full disclosure: I use the word ‘brag’ on purpose to emphasize a point, but I’m really talking about how to comfortably communicate successes to others.

When it comes to sound leadership, leaders spend much of their time doing the following:

  • Staying humble
  • Giving credit where credit is due
  • Providing guidance to others
  • Listening

This list can go on and on.  Generally speaking, leaders don’t spend much time in the limelight and many find it difficult to communicate their personal successes.  I am guilty of this and for many years, found it challenging to let people know how well I was doing at work.  I always felt like I was boasting and was quick to point to my team’s accomplishments, however, I rarely took credit for my own success.  After struggling with this for many years, I finally found something that worked well for me.  Creating clear and measurable goals, sharing those goals with others, and communicating my accomplishments in the form of goal achievements was a comfortable way for me to brag.

How To Use Goals To Brag

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve provided 5 components of solid goal setting and shared ways to follow up on goals and set yourself up for success.  Once goals are achieved, it’s time to put that information to work!

Example of a solid goal: Improve my 5k run time by 5 minutes in 6 months.

This is a great example of a goal because it is clearly written and contains metrics that help define the goal. Anyone who reads this goal knows exactly what you’re aiming to achieve and once the goal is accomplished, you can say, “I spent the last 6 months training for the 5k and improved my time by over 5 minutes, which makes this my fastest race ever!”

Information At Your Fingertips

Not only will you feel great about accomplishing your goals, but you now have information readily available to share with others.  This information can be:

  • Included in weekly reports to your boss
  • Listed as accomplishments in your annual review
  • Pulled up when being considered for a promotion
  • Noted in your resume

It took me quite some time to figure out a way to share my accomplishments in a comfortable way and goals provided an easy way to do this.  Because I was setting these goals for myself, it was easy for me to remember my accomplishments and communicate to others in a clear and confident way.  Including metrics was especially helpful when sharing with higher-level managers and executives.

If you’re not sure how to communicate your accomplishments, attend leadership training courses that are focused on practice.

Now get out there, set those goals, and get ready to BRAG!