I hate waking up in the morning to workout!
Recently, I woke up at 5:00 AM to get to the gym by 5:30 AM. It was obviously still dark and I keep the lights off so I don’t wake up my wife. I get dressed and off to the gym I go and arrive just in time for class to begin. During our stretching exercises I bend down to touch my toes and I notice something, I notice my shoes don’t match…
I have two different shoes on my feet…OOPS! In the rush, chaos and darkness of the morning I didn’t stop to look in the mirror to take a look at myself.
It really was not that big of a deal. The shoes were fine for the workout and a little hazing from my friends was justified. In the end, the damage was minimal.
When leaders don’t take the time to look in the mirror the damage can be much worse. Taking the time to reflect and increase your awareness as a leader (what I call looking into the mirror) can be one of the most important activities you can do to develop your leadership.
When you look in the mirror here are four “blemishes” that might be limiting your life:
- 1. You are extremely pushy and forceful. You have a strong need to maintain all control. Your approach to leadership is very demanding and directive.
- 2. You don’t listen because you just keep talking. You love talking about your ideas and really only give people a voice when they agree with you. You love the crowd, but need to take time to connect with the individuals that make up the crowd.
- 3. You are way to sensitive about your own shortcomings and weaknesses. You are very cautious and this causes you to miss out on opportunities.
- 4. You kill people with information and details. The “devil that is in the details” is YOU! Your constant analysis and criticality and need for more of both is exhausting and slows down the momentum of the team.
With which “blemish” do you regularly struggle? The truth is that we all can struggle with one, or several, of these “blemishes.” The solution is to first become aware of which ones you struggle with and how to limit their effects on your leadership and your life.
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