Leading can become a ball and chain for sincere leaders.
Relentless challenge sucks the life out of everyone. Eventually you go through the motions but you’re dead inside.
You cannot run at 100% 100% of the time.
Imagine a less dreadful leadership experience.
How do you find freedom when:
- Day-to-day issues never go away?
- Unexpected fires flare up that distract from your to-do list?
- Pressure from above doesn’t appreciate progress? They want results.
- People problems are dripping faucets?.
- Laughter without fear of tomorrow.
- Lightness of being even when facing difficult challenges.
- Being supportive, but not doing people’s jobs for them.
- Showing empathy without carrying everyone’s burden for them.
Leaders who find freedom joyfully rise to responsibility.
6 ways to find freedom in leadership:
#1. Let go perfectionism.
Don’t beat yourself up so much.
Don’t call yourself a loser to motivate yourself.
Embrace the realities of humanity. You aren’t divine. If you are divine, god is screwed up.
#2. Celebrate the suggestions of others.
Pressure to be smarter than others is self-imposed.
Say, “Tell me more,” when you’re tempted to make snap judgements.
Ask, “How might this work?” when tempted to say, “That won’t work.”
Be quick to encourage and slow to get personally involved. “I’m counting on you.”
#3. Honor the experience of others.
Inexperienced leaders are better off being curious than projecting false confidence.
#4. Practice gratitude for responsibility.
The fact that people trust you is a wonderful privilege. Respect their trust. Enjoy your opportunities.
#5. Know your main contribution.
What positive behaviors come naturally to you? Maximize them.
How might weaknesses limit your main contribution? Deal with them.
#6. Avoid overcommitments.
Repeat after me.
- I don’t have to do everything.
- The world will keep spinning when I’m gone.
- I won’t do other people’s jobs.