Thursday, December 2, 2010

Leadership is hard

I had a good wake up call recently.

I didn't like it at first, but I am now very glad it happened.

You see, as I sit and "pontificate" here a bit on leadership, it usually keeps me on my game. What I realized recently that by turning my back on this intellectual sharpening stone, called my blog, I have lost some of my focus on the right way to lead...lost focus on my responsibilities as a leader.

As is sometimes the case, this was brought to my attention by a colleague who has responsibility for me in my current role. I hesitate to call him my boss, as he really isn't, but for you, dear reader, he probably best fits in that role. He called me an told me I was "not building a cohesive team and was being too confrontational in my approach."

Huh?!? Me?!? Leadership blogger and student/teacher of Leadership?!? No Way!

Ever had that kind of response to criticism of your performance? Yes, that was a rhetorical question...

Once I got past defensive and took a good long look in the mirror, I then reviewed some of my correspondence and re-thought through my past interactions and guess what? He was right. I had become too focused in Quadrant 1 (Urgent and Important) and lost focus on Quadrant 2 (Not Urgent and Important).

So....I sat down with my team and apologized for my behaviour and had a good dialogue around what I needed to do to get the team back on track. I got wise counsel from my team mates about what they needed from me and how we should revise how we were working together. It was enlightening, uplifting, and put us back on track. And we did it together.

Lesson learned and focus regained. It's not a crime to make mistakes. It is a crime to do nothing to correct them.

And here's a link that you might find inspiring...I did.

1 comment:

TravelDiva said...

Welcome back. I missed you...and need these lessons.

The video was very inspiring. Just in the nick of time.