Sometimes it seems like those in leadership positions can easily be taken down. If you ever played king of the hill when you were a kid you know that when you are at the top, there will always be people trying to take you down.
Often, the causes for being taken down are not huge mishaps. Instead, they are usually small yet vital details that can easily be overlooked.
In today’s blog, I would like to share with you 3 pitfalls, though not major things you might think of as pitfalls, that can bring you down as a leader.
When I say thought life, I am referring to what you spend your time thinking about. The conversations going on inside your head is arguably more important than what takes place between yourself and those you lead. If your thought life is negative, what comes out of your mouth will likely be negative. If your thought life is centered around what will benefit you the leader most, this will quickly become evident to those you lead.
What you think about you and others truly does come out to others around you. Watch your thought life and don’t let it take you out. Instead, let it help you rise to the challenges that life presents to you and use it to help you lead strong.
Everyone talks about managing your time, but time is fixed and limited. There are only 24 hours in each day and there is nothing you can do to change that. Managing time is important, but I think that managing your energy is even more important. Your of energy impacts everything you do as a leader. The lower your energy levels are, the lower your influence and impact will be.
If you can find ways to raise your energy levels, you can multiply your influence and impact. You can manage your energy levels by watching your diet, exercise, alcohol intake levels, sleeping patterns, and by taking proper amounts of time off from work.
Do you have an accurate view of yourself? Are you aware of your strengths, weaknesses, personality type, and emotional intelligence levels? Do others around you have permission to give you feedback?
If the answer to any of these questions is “I’m not sure” or “no,” you may not be very self-aware. The result of not being very self-aware could be big blind spots that can take you out as a leader. Be sure you take advantage of feedback and other self-awareness tools to help you gain a higher self-awareness.
I challenge everyone to take time to consider these three lesser talked about areas of your life that can really cause a pitfall in your ability to lead. These are very important areas to consider. If you are lacking in any of these three areas, you should really consider working on them so they don’t end up causing your fall.