Leadership can be hard, challenging and humbling, but it should also be fun and rewarding. It should give you energy not just take it. If you are in a constant state of stress and/or unhappiness, you should really ask yourself what’s wrong with what you are doing. It is a genuine privilege to lead others. In almost all cases, assuming the mantle of leadership is a choice. Rarely is it forced upon you and even when it is you should learn to embrace the opportunity because the alternative makes no sense.
I’m always a bit saddened when I meet a leader who is beaten down and feels that he/she is a victim of circumstance. It is almost as if they are bearing of the weight of the world on their shoulders. There is very little joy left in their work for them. You get the feeling they are just plugging away out of a sense of overriding responsibility and/or fear of failure. When you are no longer excited and energized by your opportunities it is a sign that something is amiss. This doesn’t mean that you should expect every day to be easy or devoid of stress, but instead see your role as being up to whatever challenge comes your way. People look up to and follow you for this very reason. If it was easy, anyone could do it.
Adversity does build character. Solving difficult challenges is both rewarding and self-satisfying. Being able to do what few people can do well, sets you apart from the crowd and typically comes with commensurate rewards and opportunities. Everyone tries to scale the mountain, but few people get to the top. In your darker moments I encourage you to remember this. Most people go through life and defer their professional destiny to the decision making of others. Leaders have the luxury and privilege of creating the future for others and themselves.
It is my experience is that the culture of an organization is just a reflection of its leader and his/her behaviors. You can feel it the moment you enter the organization and sit in on a meeting. Leaders who bemoan the state of their company and the rigors of their position should take a hard look in the mirror. Every day you get to make a choice. Are you up to the challenge or not? True leadership is about an individual being ready willing and able to embrace the moment – whatever that means. You can’t fake it for long and your people are paying close attention.
- 10 Barriers to Great Leadership (inc.com)
- Every Leader Is an Artist (creativitypost.com)
- Why Psychological Flexibility Will be a Key Leadership Skill of the Future (workingwithact.com)
- 15 Ways To Identify Bad Leaders (forbes.com)
- Videos – Seth Klarman On Leadership (#leadership) (valueprax.wordpress.com)
- lead from where you are .. (coachwithheart.wordpress.com)
- Higher rank, more power = less stress (upi.com)
- Leaders Experience Less Stress? New Study Says Yes (psychologytoday.com)
- Why Your Boss is Less Stressed Than You (psychologytoday.com)
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