Lack of Self-Awareness

As leaders, we’re very aware of everything outside of us—our companies, teams, finances, and so on. Being self-aware, though, is more difficult. It requires us to ask uncomfortable questions sometimes:…

  • Lack of Self-Awareness

    As leaders, we’re very aware of everything outside of us—our companies, teams, finances, and so on. Being self-aware, though, is more difficult. It requires us to ask uncomfortable questions sometimes: “Why am I here? What’s my purpose? What would happen if I was gone?” It’s easy to get so busy that we lose this sense of self. Self-awareness, however, is the key to staying motivated, staying out of the ditches, and staying in a place of growth as a leader.

  • Exploiting Those Who Trust You

    Have you ever been betrayed by someone you trusted? Not only do you feel lied to, but you feel personally exploited—they were keeping something from you for an extended period of time! Don’t ever exploit anyone’s trust like this. Understand that, the higher you go, the more consequential your decisions become for everyone around you. While professional blunders can cost you money or momentum, personal decisions can cost you an entire legacy. Choose wisely.

  • Addressing Internal Conflict

    Internal conflict is often ignored; but it’s so easy to sense. What confuses me most is when lead leaders see, and refuse to acknowledge, conflicts within an organization. When we ignore internal conflicts, we’re setting ourselves up to fail. Conflict won’t vanish; it will eventually simmer and boil over into every aspect of operation. We cannot face external challenges until we are internally healthy. What do you need to do today to restore health and peace in your organization?

  • Integrity and Character

    All we have is our integrity and our character. At the end of the day, those are the only things that can’t be taken from you. However, you can give them away. Integrity is a word that implies the wholeness of your being—the marriage between your walk and your talk. Character is the decisions you make when no one else is watching. When you have integrity and character, you don’t have to remember what you said to whom, because your stories are always the same. They are free; but they are extremely expensive.

  • Taking Staff for Granted

    It can become easy to take your team for granted. But you must understand that your success depends on your team! If you want to succeed, you can’t take any of them for granted. Your team will sense if you respect and acknowledge them. They will also sense if you ignore and forget about them. Nobody wants to be taken for granted—not even you!

  • Implementing Your Decisions

    While decision-making happens in contained environments, decision implementation is organization-wide. Your decision to hire—or fire—someone, for instance, has consequences for your entire organization. Most leaders focus on decision-making; very few have a strategy for implementing those decisions. Forming this strategy will ensure that your decisions are viable, successful, and consequential.

  • Threatened by Emerging Leaders

    A huge challenge in corporate and church circles is the dissonance between incoming and established leaders. Sometimes, established leaders begin playing not to lose, rather than playing to win. This creates a possessiveness that creates tension with incoming leaders. Once you recognize that, it’s time to prepare your present leaders for those to come. Bring them up to speed, and they will respect and receive your emerging leaders.

  • Assume Nothing

    Everyone has assumptions. We get into trouble as leaders, however, when we make decisions based off of our assumptions. We must learn to clarify everything, adopting a non-assumptive posture. Assumptions create disappointment. Clarification and communication create knowledge and assurance.

  • Leading into the Unknown

    Perhaps you’ve heard the saying, “You cannot take people where you haven’t gone yourself.” It seems logical; however, that saying is not true. Every major leader, whether spiritual, political, or social, has led people to places they have never been themselves.

    The highest level of leadership is being able to lead in ambiguity. After all how you lead people when they’re uncertain, and you are uncertain, calls on and reveals your leadership skills—your thinking, your way of motivating others, and your willingness to gather a team around you. All these things come into play when you realize you are taking people where you yourself have never been. So…what new territory are you venturing into today? Who are you taking with you?

  • Make it Your Own

    We all go to conferences, read books, listen to podcasts, and surf social media. We learn principles every day. However, just because you learn something doesn’t mean you can automatically teach it to others.

    Many people teach material they haven’t yet made their own. We must take principles we learn and make them our own before teaching them to others. Live it out! Chew on it. Make it personal for yourself. Until then, it’ll only be theoretical knowledge. Once you make it your own, you have power behind the principles you’ve learned.

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