Hitting walls. Running up against constant challenges. Feeling frustrated. Not sure what to do next. All while having to keep your cool.
Welcome to leadership, my friends!
A large majority of the conversations we have with our clients begin with, “What’s the best way to learn about leadership?”
They feel like they’re doing something wrong or what used to work is no longer working. Everyone is chasing after the secret formula and we’re here to tell you that there is no easy way. There’s only hard work and dedication to being on a path of continued improvement.
Although there isn’t a secret formula (sorry if we disappointed you), there are a few suggestions we can make to ensuring that you’re constantly growing and learning to be a better leader every chance you get.
Find A New Perspective
We work with leaders from all different types of industries and experience levels. Whether they’re a new leader just starting off or a leader who has “seen it all”, they all have one thing in common. Change.
When faced with a challenge that’s difficult to overcome or what used to work is no longer working, stop repeating the same thing over and over and start doing things a new way. Find a new perspective by proactively seeking support. It can be a colleague, a friend, the person you report to, or sometimes leaders find a new perspective by listening to their team. Be open to doing things a different way and don’t be afraid to fumble and potentially fail. Chances of finding a way that works is all about finding a new way of looking at a challenge and being brave enough to give it a try.
No one enjoys being uncomfortable. There’s an element of shame and vulnerability that goes along with being uncomfortable that has leaders avoiding it like the plague. Because of this, many leaders prefer to stay in a place that’s comfortable even if it’s detrimental to themselves, their organization, or their team.
The feeling of failure is the worst. You’ve let your team down and you’ve let yourself down. However, we have found that failure is the opportune time to learn. The reason? Generally speaking, people are more open to receiving help or finding a new solution when things aren’t going as planned. Walls are down and in some cases, you’ll almost do anything to find a path to success.
Right now we want to challenge you to find a new perspective, get uncomfortable, and fail. Do all of this on purpose. Improving as a leader takes hard work and if you’re looking for the best way to learn about leadership, take our advice and don’t look for a short cut. Go out of your way to be the best leader you can be.