14 Nov Leading In The New Reality
WRITTEN BY DIANE VACCARO
Leading in a New Reality. There’s been changes in your life, personally and professionally, but the fundamentals remain the same. It just turns out that we need to perform them at a faster pace. Similarly, what exceeded expectations last year is considered mediocre this year. In The New Reality, leaders need to do what is necessary (feedback, leading, performance coaching, direct conversations). Leaders…YOU… need to show Courageous Leadership.
Being Courageous means tackling these 4 obstacles head on:
- An attitude that says we are OK just the way we are. I’m not the problem…its those people out there. We cannot let change be thing we dread, but an opportunity to reach into ourselves for greatness.
- Fear of the Unknown. We think that creating safety around us will protect us. Nothing could be farther from the truth! When we hold onto what we know we can’t grab onto what the future holds. We overcome this fear by making the unknown known. We make it known by setting goals. We set the course for the future through our goal setting, professionally and personally.
- Fear of Failure. When was the last time you did something for the first time? There should be something that you are doing right now that wakes up all parts of you! Do not just repeat the same thing day to day, year to year just to avoid failure. Train yourself in new behaviors and skills, don’t “try.” We try something new and quit when it doesn’t work. Training means that we are going to practice over and over until we get it right. It’s a mind set that presses into new things instead of playing it safe. Fear of failure is contagious. If the leader is afraid of taking risk, the team will as well. You must change your mindset. As a leader, you need need to bring this kind of energy to the team.
- Fear of Rejection. We spend too much time trying to be mind readers! Stop guessing what others are thinking. Work on giving and receiving feedback. We don’t have time to wait quarterly/annually for our review. We need to course correct much more often. Use the informal feedback tool: On a scale of 1-10, how am I doing on this? What would make it a 10?
By helping yourself, and your team, tackle these obstacles, you will help those around you perform at their peak levels more of the time. Because, one key question is: What are you doing with what you already have in your hands? How effective are you at bringing out the best in those you work with? How effective are you in terms of influencing others within your organization? How do you move them from potential to performance? The 4 obstacles listed above need to be removed. Potential is only released when it is given responsibility. Opportunity demands that we move those around us to embrace greatness!