Be Intentional: Three Actions Every Team Leader Should Take

Raymond D. White
6 min readJun 23, 2021

Do you want to be an intentional leader?

Part of my leadership philosophy is to be intentional with everything I do. My goal is to be present as a leader, show up physically and mentally, and put forth action that truly brings value to those that I am serving.

Being an intentional leader helps you build credibility, seen as reliable and trustworthy. I want my name to align with those traits as a leader and a person within everything I do.

What I want to do is share a few thoughts that prepare me to be intentionally present with my leadership. I recently did a video on this subject titled “Be Intentional.” I’ll dive deeper into that concept in this article, but I would love for you to check out the video below and let me know your thoughts!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRm0w51ZJvw&list=PLsqjsf7VfzkqqdxnK2c6svIr1gA2PgTXZ&index=3

Before we dive into actions around being an intentional leader, I want to call out a reality that we could face in our leadership.

Being an intentional practitioner can be hard.

Why? Our focus could solely be on the work, not the staff. By being caught up with accomplishing a task, we miss the people involved with the work. This perspective risks seeing others as a cog in a wheel.

It’s also hard to be intentional when spread across various responsibilities. We scatter our attention on other items that have no relation to those impacted. Or worse, we could over promise and under deliver because we are trying to be all things to all people.

We want to bring value to those we lead. Practicing intentionality helps keep our attention in tune with the needs and the people within our teams.

So how can we be intentional leaders in this space? What are some tactics you can use to best support and serve your team well?

Side note: there are way more than three actions we all can do towards being intentional leaders. But these three below are my favorite and can be implemented today!

Listen

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Raymond D. White

I collaborate with leaders to integrate DEI into their people & culture strategies. Need help developing a belonging team culture? Let’s chat!