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How to Release Your Inner Leader

How to Release Your Inner Leader

Leadership is an ever evolving construct that reflects ongoing changes in society. Meaning if you are a leader, you have taken on the task, nay requirement, to keep up with the changes to keep your leadership status. As with most things, this is easier said than done. So how can a new age leader keep up?
I want to discuss a few distinct types of leaders I have encountered in my time.

  1. Leaders who try to cover up and/or reject their weaknesses. Hidden away, removed from any chance to learn how to overcome it. It’s a sad day when progress halts; the train is permanently docked in the station, no train tracks to be found.
  2. Leaders are guilty of the art of misdirection. If they find themselves incapable or simply believe they lack the skills, knowledge and ability to complete a task, they may throw their energy towards a job in which they are more likely to succeed. In the same way, a magician gets you to see what they want you to see (and nothing more) before revealing the assistant (who has done all the work) has disappeared, magic!
  3. Leaders who are always asking themselves the “why, where, how, when and what?” They flop around, unsure of their next move or what they are going to do when they finally start it. Their vision, slowly retreating out of reach into the abyss.

Whichever the case may be, it results in authority becoming unbalanced. These leaders use power and its associated trappings to hide their frailties, their questions and blurry focus. Over time, some come to believe they’re who they pretend to be.

There are several reasons why this affects the whole organisation. A couple to consider are:

  • Leaders provide clear expectations. People need to know exactly what's expected of them. If they are presented with an unstable, unclear representation, it will result in volatile employee behaviour and dissatisfaction internally and externally.
  • Leaders drive their organisation to success. If they cannot lead through uncertainty, they will lose trust, alignment and loyalty from others.

Change in attitude, attention, abilities is necessary, but not easy. That’s why 40% of newly created businesses don’t last over ten years; the leader won’t embrace change. Real learning is uncomfortable and challenging. It’s about figuring out how to question your assumptions, operate in new ways and put new ideas into practise.

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
—John F. Kennedy

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