Chair, Leadership Development, N2Growth
Everyone says self-awareness is essential to effective leadership. It is, but there is another aspect to awareness that may be equally compelling and sadly overlooked. It’s self-management.
It’s one thing to know yourself. We know what we do well. Yay! That’s why we are so good at what we do. We may even know what we are not so good at it so we ignore it. Boo! That can hurt us.
Management is your day job; leadership is your career. Managers by nature are pragmatists; leaders are dreamers. Organizations need both types to survive. Managers are required to lead and leaders are expected to manage. It is a challenge to do both well. The higher one rises in an organization, the greater are the responsibilities. Therefore, managers learn to delegate and in doing so free themselves to be more strategic and in the process develop the talents of others and grow the capacity of the organization to meet rising challenges. That’s what we call leadership.
The challenge of leadership is to do what is right for the organization even when it means reversing a decision. When reconsidering a decision it is important to decide what you did, why you did it, and what will be the consequences of reversing the decision. Shrewd leaders think ahead, and are willing to reconsider decisions when situations change.
One thing that all leaders require is patience.
And for someone who is in charge that is not easy because it often falls to the leader to make things happen. So how can you learn to be more patient?
Well, try adding some presence. Presence is the ability to command through the power of your example.
Well, that’s a question that I could not have imagined until recently when I participated in a group hug of Riley’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis. The hug was an idea that Scott Moorehead, CEO of TCC, and Ryan McCarty, director of the Culture of Good at TCC, conceived as a way to dramatize the positive emotions we feel when we do something good for others.Read More›
“Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become.” ~Arthur Schopenhauer, German Philosopher
If Schopenhauer’s quote is true, then the mining magnate, Gina Rinehart (one of the richest women in the world who’s worth an estimated $12 billion) is very thirsty indeed.Read More›
While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long.
When the lofty group of writers scoffed at the notion, he invited each of them to put ten dollars on the table, saying that if he was wrong he’d match it. But if he was right he’d keep the money.Read More›
You will make the best decision you can make.
That advice comes from a scene in the movie, 13 Days in October, about the Cuban Missile crisis. It was a time in 1962 when the United States and the USSR came about as close as they could to nuclear war.
In the movie recreation Kenny O’Donnell, de-facto chief of staff (played by Kevin Costner), has a conversation with President Kennedy (played by Bruce Greenwood) before Kennedy is to go on television.
Now, before you think I’m going to get all religious on you, let me define the word “sin.” In the original Hebrew language, sin is defined as ‘missing the mark’, much the same as an archer may miss the mark when shooting for a bull’s-eye.
In my opinion, leadership starts with deep reflection to be aware of any limiting blind spots. The following nine (9) deadly sins will help you reflect on how you may be limiting yourself both personally and professionally as a leader. In my experience everyone has at least one of these primary flaws that are dominant in their personality, so which one(s) can you identify with?Read More›
The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for a wound, a “red badge of courage,” to counteract his cowardice. When his regiment once again faces the enemy, Henry acts as standard-bearer.Read More›
The day is always darkest just before the dawn.
The may be a cliché you have heard or even used. And while it may be shopworn when it comes to leadership it echoes the truth. Never more so than when you examine the lives of successful individuals.