alacrity (n.) “liveliness, briskness,” mid-15c., from Latin alacritatem, “liveliness, ardor, eagerness,”
What an elegant word and an exquisite description for a leadership competency.
Alacrity preceeds and extends the positive psychology movement.
Let me look at this more closely; Brisk means being nimble and lively, Cheerful means elevating the spirit, Readiness means being prepared and at the ready
What a complete picture of effective leadership.
Nimble is the original agile and a more clever description.
5 ways to develop leadership alacrity.
- Interact not react
Think ahead and don’t be caught out. Plan, prepare, practice for all important encounters. In the event learn, watch, imitate ask. rather than react and think you are right. When discussing, listen and observe and match the other person. This is the neuroscience of influential engagement.
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff (its all small stuff)
Is this matter really such a big deal? Really? How have you made it so important? In the big scheme of life is it so crucial? Turn your intensity into passion and purpose. As I have said elsewhere, “The more important something is to you the less you will be understood.”
Excitement is close to anxiety so use it. Use anxiety to to be eager.
3. Forget perfect
Rules are OK but should not be a straight jacket. Flexibility and discovery enable you to be less correct but still provide positive effective guidance. Contentment comes from doing and not from doing it perfectly. Ease up, be open and model action.
4. Deliberately choose to be chirpy
We often don’t think about the face we are wearing and all too easily we are unconsciously tired stressed and down.
For VIP encounters deliberately be upbeat. Even (especially) if you don’t feel it. It gets you and the other person ready for good news and good outcomes.
5. Be curious
“Curiosity killed the cat,” only refers to cats. And it’s a myth anyway. Curiosity is a 4 yr old passion of discovery. It produces an excitement about learning and growing. Use it.
This builds alacrity. It makes you brisk and ready and sets up the environment for action and great leadership.
If you would like to have some alacrity in your life, call me.