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Leadership limits

Maybe you’ve seen a leader who has been successful in the past run into a large barrier, a barrier where all the sudden the leadership model changes to a high touch management model.     Leadership limits are reached when the belief is that while leadership is good, maybe it isn’t good enough to deal with the current crisis.   Instead of letting go there is more control and more demands made of the staff.   Initially the results seem positive with more action taking place but eventually the results start to decline.   The decline leads to stronger and more forceful limits being imposed and again there is a surge of energy and then poorer results.

Leaders who start to constrict their organization soon choke the creativity and passion out of the staff.   Customers start feeling like they aren’t cared for as the organization slowly inhibits communications.  Transparency shrinks and eventually open communications is silenced.   A thread of fear starts to run through the internal network and rumors sprout.   What used to be a supportive organization suddenly becomes defensive, the posture of more control is better.   

The cycle of negativity grows in a spiral, more taken away, more rules put into place and eventually the top performers start to move away from the pressure and seek placement in roles in other places.

Leaders that have reached their limit should try to let go to grow.   That is a leader needs to back away from close in management and be willing to listen to the voices throughout the organization.    

What do you think?

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.”

~Confucius

Simple steps to overcome fear …

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Frank Herbert, Dune – Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear

How do you handle fear?    What things in your life generate fear?

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Indecision

“Indecision is the seedling of fear”  Napolean Hill

Proper analysis before making a decision is wise.  Procrastinating over making a decision is paralysis.   Paralysis leads to doubt which steps over the edge into fear.  Reverse the process and extinguish doubt, free yourself of paralysis and make the decision a wise one.

There are six fears which cross our paths at one time or another.

1.   Poverty

2.   Criticism

3.   Failing health

4.   Relationships that quit working

5.   Aging

6.   Death

How do you conquer any item on that list?   What steps can you take to dissolve the fear component?  

What do you fear?   List them out?   Are they worries about what is to come or what has happened in the past?

Keep the hope


“Hope is not the closing of your eyes
to the difficulty, the risk,
or the failure.

It is a trust that –
if I fail now –
I shall not fail forever;
and if I am hurt,
I shall be healed.

It is a trust that
life is good,
love is powerful,
and the future is full of promise.”

Anonymous

It is our eyes that need to be opened. It is our eyes that need to see clearly.

What do you see before you? Do you see challenges that can be overcome?

Imagine climbing a mountain and turning back before your first footprint hits the trail because there was a thought that it was too difficult, too challenging or too risky. Take the first step. Take the second step after each step evaluate and consider – can another step be taken? Take it one step at a time.

Inspired change

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling June 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech

I like to think about the hero’s journey in other terms. I like to think about a little boy who is being encouraged to leave a safe, known and desirable place to journey to a place that he has only been told about. I like to think of those blue-collar laborer who, after an agonizing deliberation, decides to risk the job rather than follow an unethical behavior. I like to think about the hero’s journey in terms of you and me and our continual search for meaning and definition in life. “ R. E. Quinn “Deep Change”

Inspiration, risk and failure and come together when we decide we need to change. Fear inhibits us from being all that we can be. Inspiration informs of us of what we could be. Risk is the step we must take to become all that we can be.

How often do we operate in pretense? We have to know who we are and what we can do and that can be frightening if we hold doubt in our hands and let it overtake what we know and want to be true. It is so easy to talk ourselves out of change. It is so easy to quit the race.

When we set the goals, create the plan and begin to execute the plan we should have someone who is willing to hold us to those goals.

Read these words by Kierkegaard, “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”

Seek the passion of the plan. Seek the passion of the goals. Seek the passion of realizing a dream. Begin now!