INSIGHTS (on leadership/self-leadership)
So much of how we act as a leader (including how we lead ourselves) boils down to one question: Are you assisting success or avoiding failure? Assisting success looks like providing unswerving support and empowerment. Avoiding failure looks like micromanagement, perfectionism, procrastination, and indecision. You ask for too much data, too often, in an attempt to cover your butt. You’re too conservative and unwilling to take risks. You aren’t proactive and forward thinking. You get the idea. So, before you act, ask yourself which side of the ledger you’re about to make a mark in, and switch columns if needed.
IMPERFECTIONS (a mistake many make)
Too often, I’ve seen people that are flourishing yank up the ladder of success. They hoard information and knowledge, jealously guarding something they feel they have a divine right to. They don’t invest in others and are stingy with guidance and wisdom when asked. They might view paying it forward as time that can only move them personally backward. Don’t fall into this trap. Instead, lift as you climb, using your position in the success hierarchy to pull others up and enjoy the view as well. It’s so much more rewarding than success in an echo chamber.
IMPLEMENTATION (one research-backed strategy, tip, or tool)
It’s too easy to continue mindlessly throwing ourselves into a pursuit without stepping back to evaluate if our effort justifies the payout anymore. Use this 8-word question from time to time (inspired by author James Clear) as a gut check. It’s dead-simple. Ask yourself, “Has this thing I’m chasing exceeded its usefulness?” If yes, time to place your effort elsewhere.