Overcoming The Shortcomings As A Leader
I HAVE A GREAT CONCERN FOR THE GENERATION OF YOUTH TODAY. MILDLY I WOULD DEFINE THEM AS SOFT. IT’S NOT A COMPLAINT IT’S JUST WHAT IT IS. WHEN I DECIDED TO DEVELOP THIS PLATFORM TO SHARE THE IDEAS OF THE BEST AND BRIGHTER THINKERS AND LEADERSHIP MINDS, IT WAS MY HOPE THAT YOU WILL SHARE IT WITH THE YOUTH OF YOUR PROGRAM AND THUS FURTHER THE IMPACT TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF “THE SOFT GENERATION”. AS PEOPLE WE ALL HAVE BLIND SPOTS, LEADERS ARE NO DIFFERENT. JOHN MAXWELL DEFINES THESE BLIND SPOTS ON HIS BLOG HERE. ONE OF CRITICAL BLIND SPOTS OF COACHING IS THE OUT OF CONTROL EGO DEFINED BY MAXWELL BELOW.
I believe pride is a leader’s greatest enemy. John Ruskin said, “Pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.” Like insecurity, pride makes the leader all about himself, rather than those he leads. It is the opposite of humility. A prideful leader tends to blame others, live in denial, and be closed-minded and rigid. This results in low morale among followers.
How do you overcome pride? I’ve found that the best antidote to pride is gratitude. When I recognize that I can’t take credit for many of my gifts and the blessings that have come my way, I can feel gratitude. This leads to humility and an ability to give credit and accept blame as needed.
Check your ego and don’t let it affect your impact. “The Soft Generation” needs all of us marching together, they just don’t know it.
Commit to the process. Embrace the grind. Win Everyday.