A Challenge For You to Consider, “Which Leader Am I?”

December 21, 2010 § 1 Comment

This excerpt came from a blog written in the Harvard Business Review.

Think about this in the context of your environment, what you are giving your life to, and do you fall into the category  as someone who always does the predictable or as someone who tends to be out front and seeing things differently than the masses?

It’s hard to overcome the pull of conventional wisdom — established ways of doing things, familiar ways to size up markets. That’s why it’s hard for leaders to do something genuinely new — to embrace one-of-a-kind ideas in a world filled with me-too thinking. But that’s the job description for leadership today. After all, if you do things the way everyone else does things, why would you expect to do any better. How are you planning to zig while everyone else zags?

If you chose the former, I applaud your transparency, a rare trait in today’s world. Your ability to be self-aware puts you in the top 1/4 of 1% of leaders. So, now that you are ahead of the pack, what is missing for you to join the latter group? Is it courage? Is it behavior that needs changing? Is it time to find a mentor, someone who will speak truth to you and is committed to your development?

Only you know…



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§ One Response to A Challenge For You to Consider, “Which Leader Am I?”

  • Calli says:

    Love this post Jack! My response to that question about finding a mentor like that is a resounding YES! But my counter question is and has been for years: where can I find one?

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