I'd like to help, but.....

July 17, 2015

 

This past week I was fortunate enough to witness a number of situations which re-enforced my belief that leadership is about doing good, not looking good.

 

It's the difference between words & actions: talking the talk versus walking the walk!

 

What I came to understand this week is that, often, the failure to take action is not a failure of good intent or desire to do the right thing.

 

No, failure to take action is more commonly rooted in fear.

 

You can hear the fear in the words that follow the "but" in the conversation.

 

"I'd love to provide those resources to help you be successful, BUT...... I might put my own success at jeopardy...... BUT...... my team might question why we have to give up resources..... BUT ...... I'm too busy..... BUT ...... that's not my job...... BUT ...... "

 

I realised that my reaction to this failure in leadership had, in the past, been one of disappointment & mild anger. I also realised that this was a failure in my own leadership - what was (is) required is not an emotional reaction on my part - it's in taking action myself to challenge & coach to this fear in others.

 

My goal now is to change the "BUT" to "AND".....

 

"I'd love to provide those resources to help you be successful, AND.... I might put my own success at jeopardy AND my team might question why we have to give up resources AND we are busy AND that's not our job AND knowing all this we will still take the action required." 

 

How are you placed?  Is your Leadership one of "BUT..." or "AND..."?

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I'd like to help, but.....

July 17, 2015

 

This past week I was fortunate enough to witness a number of situations which re-enforced my belief that leadership is about doing good, not looking good.

 

It's the difference between words & actions: talking the talk versus walking the walk!

 

What I came to understand this week is that, often, the failure to take action is not a failure of good intent or desire to do the right thing.

 

No, failure to take action is more commonly rooted in fear.

 

You can hear the fear in the words that follow the "but" in the conversation.

 

"I'd love to provide those resources to help you be successful, BUT...... I might put my own success at jeopardy...... BUT...... my team might question why we have to give up resources..... BUT ...... I'm too busy..... BUT ...... that's not my job...... BUT ...... "

 

I realised that my reaction to this failure in leadership had, in the past, been one of disappointment & mild anger. I also realised that this was a failure in my own leadership - what was (is) required is not an emotional reaction on my part - it's in taking action myself to challenge & coach to this fear in others.

 

My goal now is to change the "BUT" to "AND".....

 

"I'd love to provide those resources to help you be successful, AND.... I might put my own success at jeopardy AND my team might question why we have to give up resources AND we are busy AND that's not our job AND knowing all this we will still take the action required." 

 

How are you placed?  Is your Leadership one of "BUT..." or "AND..."?