No matter how successful you are, if you’re like most leaders, you’re occasionally plagued by the doubt that accompanies typical management questions.
In her book, What Keeps Leaders Up at Night, Nicole Lipkin provides the following 2 pieces of advice: Don’t be:
- Too afraid to lose: A leader afraid to lose will paralyze himself by
- Worrying excessively about failing to get the right results
- Questioning and second-guess every step of the way
- Avoiding decisions and commitments that might cause mistakes
- Too busy to win: Excessive busyness can impair performance and productivity, making you increasingly forgetful, fatigued, and prone to poor decision making and problem solving.
- Too proud to see: We all get wrapped up in our own ideas by
- Letting yourself get so tied to an idea that you won’t let it go
- Refusing to heed the advice of others
- Relying on your past successes at the expense of weighing different patterns, options or solutions.
To avoid these pitfalls, a leader must be self-aware! Taking a moment to reflect and eliminate any unproductive behaviors will make you a better leader and help you to sleep better!
For an honest assessment of your leadership style and to learn how to energize your inner powers despite the outer pressures, call Dianne Durkin, author of The Power of Magnetic Leadership, at 603-334-3401!