Keith Robinson discusses why some leaders succeed while others fail.
So you’ve reached a position of leadership. Good for you. The view can be good from the top, but now you’re working without a safety net.
Why do some leaders continue to ascend while others plateau or fail? People driven to succeed often move into roles that require them to lead others. There are those who take to this role like a duck to water. We shower them with platitudes like: “He has charisma,” “She really gets it” or “I would walk through a wall for him.”
There are those who attain leadership roles as a consequence of their skills and abilities as a technician in their field. We follow them because we respect the fact that they have figured something out the rest of us haven’t.
Some simply fall into leadership roles because when the organization asked for volunteers and everyone lined up, the rest of the group stepped back and they were busy checking their Blackberrys. For as many leaders there are in the world, there are different paths to the top. The point being, leadership is personal.
Why is it that some continue to rise and some don’t? Those who top out have probably fallen into one of the key traps of leadership. Their ego has outpaced their intellect. When ego outpaces intellect, a leader has begun to believe the platitudes and all else be damned. They have missed a key to continued leadership success: self-awareness. They have forgotten about the others that propel the business forward by executing the plan, building customer relationships, selling the product and “hammering the nails.”
The result of this phenomenon is leadership stagnation, frustration and, in some cases, outright failure. How do you know if you’re in this situation? Here are some questions you should ask:
These are simple questions with complex answers designed to see if your ego is outpacing your intellect. Give them a try.
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