The truth is that we’re not led by tips and tactics. We’re ultimately led by people. True leaders inspire others to greatness because they have first found that greatness within themselves. It’s easiest to pinpoint what I’m talking about if you stop for a minute and recall some of the qualities of leaders who have really inspired you--and I hope there have been a few.
Leaders who are on the fast track know what it’s like to have to “scale” when they’re promoted. They may go from managing an organization with a few people to managing hundreds in the blink of an eye. They may not know how to scale the relationships that are most important to their success.
The truth is not always easy to deal with, particularly if fear of the truth has held you back for a good chunk of your adult life. But let’s see if we can debunk a few of what I’ve seen are the primary fear cons, the leg irons that hobble many who have then gone on to bigger things once we break those shackles.
It’s a simple law of physics: when we focus our energies on too many things, our energy is dissipated. The life force that drives us to chase dreams and conquer mountains can become so fragmented by the sheer number of directions we’re going in at once that we find ourselves, at the end of the day—or the year or ten years—exhausted and not feeling like we have much to show for all our efforts.
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The tidal wave of books on “positive culture” might lead us to believe that it’s as simple as making employees happy. As though beer on tap in the lunch room is all it takes to be a great company, to be Zappos.