Being A Good Leader Is NOT Up To You

Leader sitting at table in a meeting.So, do you think you are a good leader? Well, the sad fact is that we don’t get to decide if we should be called a good leader. We might try to do the right things. We may work hard at communicating, sharing ideas, encouraging people, team building, and a whole host of other qualities deemed to be attributes of good leadership. However, besides the fact that there seems to be no universal agreement about the definition of good leadership (or just leadership for that matter), if you are a leader, then chances are you believe you are a good leader by your own standards.

It’s true. Just as we all believe we are brilliant in our own minds, once we step into a leadership role we believe we are good at it. After all, we must be good leaders since we were promoted to a leadership role. The leaders that promoted us must also be good leaders and they, therefore, must know good leadership when they see it. Unfortunately, this fairytale that we tell ourselves lulls us in to a false sense of capability regarding our leadership talent.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that there aren’t good leaders out there. There are lots of them. It’s just that we, as leaders, don’t have the luxury of making that determination.

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Why Won't People Work Harder? - Try This

The frustrations of being a leader are many. How do I get people to do what I want? Why won’t people just work harder? What can I do to make people care about what they do? How do I guide this company to a better future?  How do I stop infighting between people or departments? And the list goes on and on. As a leader, you just want to come to work and get the job done. But it seems there are too many “people” problems to deal with that cause distractions.

How Fear Prevents Change

Fear causes information hoarding, reporting wrong figures, inhibited suggestions, reduced contributions, increased alienation, mistrust, and anxiety.Fear is the Great Wall of Change. When people become afraid to contribute and participate in a company, change is nearly impossible.

  • What causes fear?
  • Why does fear prevent change?
  • How can we identify its existence?
  • What can we do about it?

How Learning About Reality Can Make You A Better Leader

How can learning about reality help you become a more effective leader? Reality is about perspective and seeing things from all sides.  Since you are the leader it is your responsibility to get the truest picture possible so you can make the best possible decision. Bad Bosses look at things from minimal perspectives. They do not want to be bothered by other perspectives because it might challenge their beliefs.