LEADING BY LEARNING – Part 2
By Bryan Arzani
Leaders can get caught in this quagmire, if they aren’t self-aware. Toss in the quick sand of past incongruence, and you’ve created a situation where you spend most of your time doubling back and salvaging your words, rather than looking forward and behaving in a winning manner.
Leaders who are self-aware realize they lead by continually learning. This means several things:
- Recognition of strengths and blindspots
- Sincere belief in servant leadership
- Being accountable for decisions made
- Recognition that while we can’t control what happens, we can control our response to it
- Realization of the awesome power that comes with leadership (I don’t mean power to rule, but power to change someone’s life)
There is a lot of talk about strengths and weaknesses. Some say leaders need to continually improve their weaknesses and that no one gets better by skipping the hard work. Yes, leadership can be hard work. But, we believe that work should be to get better at those things we are skilled at, those areas that fit our natural talents and motivators. To do this, you first have to be self-aware of those strengths and blindspots. We talk about blindspots, not weaknesses. Blindspots are just those areas that don’t fit our natural talents or that we aren’t jazzed about. Why spend time in these? If I’m not excited to fish, why should I spend time and money in this area? Recognition of strengths and blindspots requires us to be comfortable in our skin. So learning about ourselves also requires celebrating ourselves.
To learn more about how to practice this understanding, contact Results Group, LLC at www.ResultsGroupLLC.com or 515-330-2866.