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In the midst of everyday life there are a thousand masks you need to wear every day.
Some of these masks you wear for others, others you wear for yourself.
Over time it becomes difficult to know who was first, the mask or the relationship that upholds or necessitates it.
It is a daily challenge for a good leader to let go of masks where they are not or no longer needed.
Why is it necessary? Because most masks equal energy lost. It takes energy to be artificial. It takes energy to behave in ways that are not natural to you or me, and to pretend to be something you are in fact not.
Now, I am not saying that you should never wear your mask. Simply, that you should be aware of the first opportunity that you realize the mask is no longer needed. If you are aware, that opportunity might come much sooner than you think.
And remember: Every time you drop another mask, you’re one step closer to becoming the leader you always were.
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There is a fear factor in leadership success and how you respond to it will determine your journey as a leader.
Fear is pervasive in life and business. Because of risk.
Of course, risk is inevitable in business too, and assessing and managing it makes for good business skills.
Fear is inevitable in business as well, mainly due to the unknown. In fact, all you have ever feared in your life was because of the unknown. The unknown consists of what has not yet happened and it is the great blank canvas upon which you can project your wildest personal and business nightmare scenarios.
The unknown is the big screen for your worries and anxieties. It’s an IMAX theater, the images are sharp and the sound is surround!
Your leadership success depends on your ability to deal with your fear of the unknown.
A trained mind knows fear intimately and does not let fear take the lead, ever.
Letting your fear take the lead will take you into the land of limitless projections, the land of “What ifs…”.
“What if we run out of money?”
“What if the client does not like our product?”
“What if I make the wrong decision?”
“What if I lose my job?”
“What if we don’t meet our projections?”
“What if…, what if…, what if…” is the beginning of every debilitating train of thought you have ever conceived.
Intelligent leaders deal with the unknown in a very different way. They do not let it ruin their composure, influence their decisions, emotions and moods.
Intelligent leaders control their own minds through mindfulness and awareness and base their decisions on what can be known and what is known rather than on their angst about the unknown.
Yet they address the unknown by exploring areas of their lives in which fear manifests. Because fear is the road sign leading you to greater leadership experience and understanding.
Next time you encounter fear, see it as invitation. An invitation to get to know the unknown. But don’t let it decide for you where you will place your next step.
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Why charismatic leadership is dangerous…
Have you ever come across someone who was so charismatic that you weren’t even really interested in what they wanted from you or what they had to say, you just wanted to help or work with them somehow?
Of course you have, we all have.
Maybe you are that person in the lives of your people.
Danger lies in the fact that you may forget to analyze the message because of the messenger. Charismatic leadership is dangerous but very seductive.
Remember the four ways of the wise when you lead your people:
1.Depend on the teaching and not on the teacher
2.Depend on the meaning and on not the words
3.Depend on the depth and not on the surface
4.Depend on wisdom and not on concepts
As a leader it is your job not just to lead your people but to train them in intelligent ways to follow.
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