Monthly Archives July 2015

The Best Leaders are Really Disturbed

The most impactful leaders have a practice that supports continuous learning in order to grow their self-awareness. Growing self-awareness can be both inconvenient and disturbing. Robert Greenleaf, the founder of the Servant Leadership movement observed, “Awareness is not a giver of solace – it is just the opposite. It is a disturber and awakener. Able leaders are usually sharply awake and reasonably disturbed. They are not seekers of solace. They have their own inner security.” The best thing we can do to help our organizations is to work at growing our self-awareness and to undertake a journey of becoming better leaders.

Stop helping to start leading.

Stop helping. You’re just trying to help. People come to you with a problem and you solve it for them. It got you noticed. It got you promoted. It’s become a hamster wheel. It’s time to get off. When you’re providing the solution you’re not leading. And, while you think you are, you aren’t helping. Your helpfulness is perpetuating a culture of dependency. Your people become dependent on you being the solution provider. Being the solution provider is an ego-booster. Your helpfulness is perpetuating your feelings of overwhelm. Everyone brings you their problems! Why? Because you’ve trained them to! Being the solution