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Have you resolved to lead differently in 2012?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 160,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each Tuesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: Have you resolved to lead differently in 2012?

  • Absolutely. I’ve made many resolutions to change my leadership: 8.28%
  • Somewhat. I’ve made a few big, focused leadership resolutions: 29.89%
  • A little. I’ve made some small resolutions for how I’ll lead differently: 44.6%
  • Not at all. I’m going to keep going with the way I do things now: 17.24%

Same old, same old: More than 60% of you aren’t planning on changing much of anything. Unless last year was an incredible year for you, I implore you to reconsider resolving to lead differently. Insanity is continuing to do the same thing but expecting different results. A big part of your growth as a leader is predicated on change and taking on new challenges. I encourage you to set big goals for yourself in terms of your personal development to become a better leader than you are today. None of us are ever done growing. Don’t let inertia and habit prevent you from getting to the next level.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS and author of “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”