Take Action Despite Your Fear

| | General Leadership

Take Action Despite Your Fears

“True courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to proceed in spite of it.” -Unknown

Leading can be simple, but it is not always easy. Sometimes just the thought of doing something as simple as raising your hand can make your heart race uncontrollably. It did for me back in school and at times it still does. What do we fear? After all, raising your hand is not usually a matter of life or death.

Mostly, I think we fear being embarrassed or even humiliated. What if I say the wrong thing? What if people laugh at me? What if my boss doesn’t like what I said? We fear losing our jobs. We fear being alienated from the group in some way.

Perhaps the reason more people cite their fear of public speaking as stronger than their fear of death is because we actually have to live with what comes next.

We’ve all had those moments, which is probably why the fear can be so intense now. Some of us have had more of them than others. Yet it only takes one experience to embed the memory of how awful it feels deep into our souls. [click to continue...]


Are You Ready to Lead? 7 Important Questions to Ask Yourself

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Are You Ready to Lead?

Let’s face it, there are too many people in leadership and management roles who aren’t effective and some are just plain inept.

And because most people leave managers not companies, AND with workplace talent being at such a premium globally, it is more important than ever to have the right people in leadership roles. Great leadership has been shown to be highly correlated to organizational success.

So how did we get to this point?

My experience tells me that over the past decades, technical experts were promoted into leadership roles before they really reflected on what their new role really required to be successful.  Many took the opportunity because it was what was expected by their company, it lead to greater compensation, or if they didn’t take it, their future options were limited. In short, they took the promotion for themselves not for the people they would be serving.

With the growing shortage in leadership as Baby Boomers retire and the Millennials are not yet prepared to lead, there is a risk that businesses will continue this theme of promoting individual contributors who aren’t prepared and don’t have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a good leader. [click to continue...]


Are You Wired to Lead?

| | Personal Leadership

Are You Wired to Lead?

Anyone CAN lead, but not everyone WILL lead.

Skills are, of course, necessary if you want to lead others over time and do it effectively.  Nonetheless, if you have a purpose for leading and a strong desire to lead, you can develop the skills you will need.

Yet despite ample evidence that leadership can be learned, some people will not choose to lead.

And despite an abundance of natural skills, abilities and disposition that might seem to give some people an advantage in becoming a leader, not everyone who is born to lead will choose to be a leader.

Even in cases where someone is invited to step into a leadership position, there are those who will never step up to become a leader even if they accept the position.

Finally, while there is much evidence that “you don’t have to be THE leader to be A leader,” not everyone will choose to take the lead when the opportunity presents itself.

What could be the determining factor in whether someone takes the lead or not? [click to continue...]

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