Imposter syndromeYou feel that your peers and those above you are all smarter than you and that you are going to be found out. The voice in your head tells you that you are not good enough and self-doubt delays your decision making.
Avoiding conflictYou steer clear of conflict in the fear of not knowing how to handle it and making the wrong call. Reassuring yourself by claiming ‘how could you know what really happened as you weren’t there?’
ProcrastinationYou put off the stuff that really matters and you allow it to overwhelm you.
Being busyYou stay in the weeds of the day-to-day to show you are needed and can add value. You wouldn’t know what to do with your time if you let go and handed it over and empowered your team.
ControlYou need to be in control, make the decisions for your team and have an understanding of everything that is going on.
Stepping into who you are as a leaderYour ‘self-identity’ is the key to being who you need to be in order to achieve your personal and professional goals. You must become very aware of the way you think about yourself and be ready to change your thinking to be the leader you know you can be, and your team deserves. It’s time to step into your identity as a leader. Being and sharing who you truly are is so important to your leadership style. It impacts the way you communicate, connect with others and the way others respond and trust you. The first big step you can take towards great leadership is building an awareness of what your current blockers to accessing your inner leader are. Most of our default behaviour, especially under the pressured situations that a pandemic dictate, can push us into being self-focused, acting on impulse and losing sight of what our team really needs. Being a great leader is about being honest, open and accepting, and when you do this, your team will feel they can reflect this behaviour back. It’s only when leaders begin to understand themselves better and start to focus on the self-limiting beliefs and the habitual thinking patterns that they can discover how to shift these behaviours and make a real change in both professional and personal life. We desperately need more leaders who are committed to wholehearted leadership and who are self-aware enough to lead from their hearts, rather than involved leaders who lead from hurt and fear.
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