The 3 Realities of Leading
by Duncan Brodie
Stepping into a leadership role is a significant step in just about every profession. Initially you feel excited and energised and appear to be going along on a crest of a wave. Sadly, much as we would like this feeling to last for ever, the realities of leading is somewhat different. So what are some of the realities of leading?
Reality 1: It is stressful
If you are leading, chances are you will experience pressure, worries, anxieties and maybe even stress. As a leader you need to look after yourself if you are to perform at your optimal level. Part of taking care of yourself is taking regular exercise and eating sensibly. I know from experience just how difficult it can be but it is up to you to make powerful choices.
Reality 2: People will look to you
As the leader, people will look to you for a whole host of things. These might include, for example:
* To provide clear direction
* To sort out problems
* To reassure people when they are worried or concerned
* To make things happen
* To communicate with them regularly and effectively
The question you need to be asking yourself is whether you are willing to take on this role.
Reality 3: The buck stops with you
Your job as a leader is to deliver results, consistently. If you do you will be rewarded well and progress in your career. If you don't, chances are that you will find that you come under a lot of pressure to stand down or are maybe removed from your post.
Are you happy with this level of risk? If not, then you need to think about whether leading is for you.
Bottom Line - Leading at any time is challenging. In the currently tough economic climate it is even tougher. The big question you need to ask yourself is whether you are ready for the challenges of leading.
Duncan Brodie may be contacted at http://www.goalsandachievements.co.uk
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