I think every leader has the potential to do and experience the same thing—as long as they are willing to look within.
One of the unique experiences I’ve had in my leadership career is to step into cultures that weren’t healthy and over time help them to thrive. I don't believe I'm any better, smarter, or different than any other leader. I think every leader has the potential to do and experience the same thing—as long as they are willing to look within.
YOUR GREATEST OBSTACLE IS NOT THEM. IT’S YOU.
That is a tough idea for some to wrap their heads around. So much of leadership theory and practice centers around deconstruction. You’re taught to find what is broken, define an outcome, and determine the course of action necessary to ensure you arrive at your intended destination.
The fatal flaw in this approach is that it presupposes you are entirely objective, open-minded, and capable of bringing impartiality to your analysis and planning. In reality, you are human, which means you bring with you the stories, experiences, and wisdom you’ve accumulated thus far in your journey. That includes all your scars.
As a result, you don’t readily question whether what you see as broken is really broken. It may just look broken to you because that's how you see it. It's incredible how perspective and point of view changes an obvious reality into a completely different one.
IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A WINNING CULTURE, START WITH YOURSELF.
Here’s how you do that:
Never stop learning. A sign of intelligence is the ability to change your mind based on new information.
Don’t lead unchecked. Find someone who you trust who will speak truth into your life even when you don’t want to hear it or can’t understand it.
Build strong relationships. In the end, all we have is each other.
Be willing to walk through fire. Leadership isn’t an easy task. But if you bail every time it gets tough, you’ll never experience the breakthrough that happens when you stay focused and moving forward.
It strikes me as odd that some leaders are so good at finding what’s broken around them but are unable to see the brokenness in themselves. If you’re unable to see that, then you set yourself up for failure. Sometimes you have to fix yourself before you can begin to fix what’s broken around you.