Overwhelmed and struggling to mobilize others?
Find your authentic voice and confidently lead others through change
Does this sound like you?
You’ve been given the responsibility to drive change with high stakes for your organization, and you are excited to contribute.
You get motivating challenges, variety in your work and opportunities to stretch yourself. You have a good exposure to multiple areas of the organization, and enjoy the trust and flexibility you’re given. It’s a fantastic opportunity to accomplish great things…
And yet, on the ground, it's less glamorous. You’re giving too much while not really getting enough from others.
You get little orientation and way too few resources to get things done. You need to rally the troops in a complex and rapidly changing environment, where silos and organizational inefficiency are the main constants, and where interests may diverge or even compete.
Therefore, despite tight deadlines, you do not get enough involvement from some of the key players, whether in your team or from your stakeholders, which severely impairs your ability to make a difference as a leader.
To make it worse, it’s a challenge to keep the focus on strategic activities because you are called to fight fires on all fronts. As a consequence, working longer hours has become a daily necessity to honor your commitments.
You are also pulled into office politics but resent it as minefield. That’s not only damaging your interests, but those of your team and your cause. Personally, it might mean you don’t get the recognition that you deserve or seeing others get the promotion or the opportunities that you could legitimately claim.
You feel that you often have to wear a mask and show up as others expect you to. Perhaps you sometimes feel forced to tolerate things that hurt your values. As a result, you sometimes get the “imposter syndrome”, feeling out of place despite all that you and your team achieve.
Because you don’t get much feedback, you're like the maze runner, constantly wondering whether you’re heading in the right direction, and what will be the next ambush. In fact, you rather notice weak or perhaps even strong signals that things are not going the way they should, and it feels like you’re on the edge.
When you have to lead through change, you can deliver great value but it can also be overwhelming and dismaying. You may end up questioning why you’re doing this in the first place. No matter how smart you are, at this level of the game, new skills are always required. However great you are at what you do, getting others to genuinely want to follow you is a different case. And let’s face it, when it’s so demanding, learning as you go has its limits.
Once you hit those walls, there is generally not much help around.
You might have a great manager or mentors but their availability is limited. And it feels tricky to earnestly share your doubts inside the organization anyway. You never know how it might backfire…
You may think about joining some leadership course, but you already see that it’s unlikely to give you what you need right now.
I’ve been in those shoes and surrounded by many others who were there too. I’ve learnt as much from our mistakes – if not more – as from our wins.
As you’ve read this far, you are probably among those who want to rise to the challenge.
Are you determined to set a clearer direction, find your authentic voice as a leader and have others want to follow you on what you stand for?
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PERSONAL LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT MATRIX
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