Is good good enough? Do you yearn for something better? Have you thought that you needed to come up with something new to get noticed? Sometimes new isn’t improved. Imagine climbing Mt. Everest and telling a sherpa “I do not need you.”
Imagine thinking “If I take their advice, then somehow, this won’t be my climb.” It’s ridiculous in that context, but we duplicate this error in leadership. “I do not need you” sets me up for failure, not success. Since we are not the first to lead well, all of us can learn from those who have preceded us in the leadership journey.
Because you are faced with unique circumstances and unique challenges, one size doesn’t fit all. Your team is a unique group of people. Now take all that uniqueness, combine it with the principles, guidance, and techniques you’ve learned, and boom! The result is a unique outcome!
How will you move past where you are currently? It seems like you will never improve. However, if you will take a chance and make a few mistakes, your progression will accelerate! In addition, your team will learn that failure leads to success. Because leadership is a journey, you have to progress through the difficulty of incorporating others experiences into your context. It’s not easy, but it is rewarding.
Things to remember:
- Bad outcomes that hurt or damage people will outlive you
- In order to grow, I must be open to input from – not just other leaders – but my team members
- Stop repeating what isn’t working
Questions to ask yourself:
- Am I engaging people around me?
- Do I invest in myself?
- Is it time to find a coach to take me to the next level?
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