Are You Part of the Problem?

"Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?" — Pablo Picasso

There are some questions that leaders periodically ask themselves.

  • What are my strengths?
  • What are my weaknesses?
  • What is important to improve to reach my goals?
  • What problems are there in the things I lead?
  • How am I part of the problem?

It is great for all leaders to ask those questions. The exceptional leaders work to get honest answers to those questions even if the answers are sometimes painful. It is the answers that are most difficult to accept that once accepted enable leaders to grow.

For this newsletter I am focused on the "Am I part of the problem" question. Here are 5 steps to begin to tackle this question for yourself.

  1. Write down the problems you see in the things you lead.
  2. Write down the evidence of why you believe these are problems.
  3. Consider the impact of each of these problems in the short term and if they continue, the long term.
  4. What are doing or not doing to contribute to these problems?
  5. Accept that if you do nothing, it is completely your problem. You are the leader.

I have a bonus you can do! Check out my offer for the upcoming webinar with bonus materials: Building Your Own Amplifying Mirror. This webinar explores how to build a feedback system that gives you the honest useful feedback you need to grow.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,
ALAN WILLETT