5 Surprising Ways to Take Your Leadership to the Next Level
Confidence is usually seen as a characteristic of effective leaders. But the longer you’re taking a leadership position, the higher the risk your confidence can evolve into detrimental overconfidence when you expect a great deal of positive outcomes and don’t see any deficiencies.
Success doesn’t mean there is no need to get better. Socrates said, “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing.” Every leader should remember no matter how experienced they are, there is always room for improvement and growth.
Whatever your success is, you can always take leadership to another level of creating value, taking care of bigger concerns in the world, or helping more people create their future.
5 surprising ways to take your leadership to the next level
#1. Ask Dumb Questions
Knowledge and skills you currently have will take you where you have already been. Don’t be afraid to dive into new areas and ask dumb questions. New questions bring new answers and open your mind.
#2. Make it Bad
Many leaders tend to minimise challenges and mistakes they’ve made. But if you want to elevate your leadership, don’t cover your mistakes – feel the “pain”, learn your lesson and use it to grow.
#3. Fail, Fail Again, Fail Better
The fear of failure should never stop you from gaining the success you deserve. It’s better to fail trying something new than stay stuck at the same level and never seem to improve.
#4. Honour your Screwups and Disappointments
Don’t be over-protective: if you screwed up, don’t blame others and ask yourself:
- What did I do?
- What have I learned about myself?
- What would I like to do differently?
- What will I do if I don’t make progress?
#5. Eliminate Ineffective Behaviours
Success is not only about doing things that work; it’s also about removing things that don’t work. Think what need to stop and eliminate practices that result in frustration and disappointment.