Creative Leadership

The Secure and Confident Leader

We’ve talked about insecurity in employees and leaders.  Now let’s flip the conversation and talk about secure and confident leaders.  Here’s a list of things leaders who are secure and confident in their ability usually demonstrate:

— They work with teams, because they aren’t intimidated by other opinions and welcome the collective wisdom of a group.  They know the most junior member of the team just might have the idea that could save the company.

— They surround themselves with people smarter than they are, because they know a rising tide raises all boats.

—  They know how to inspire and motivate employees, because they know how fired up employees impact productivity.

— They welcome criticism, because they can handle it.  They know the best way to improve is to find out where you’re failing and fix it.

— They are flexible, because they know business, culture, styles, and trends change, and unless you’re on top of change, you’ll be left behind.  They don’t defend their decisions using examples from “the way it used to be.”  Because “the way it used to be” doesn’t exist anymore.

— They aren’t worried about who gets the credit.  They believe the quote from former President Ronald Reagan:  “There’s no limit to how far a man can go as long as it doesn’t matter who gets the credit.”

— They fail big.  Nobody wants to fail, but confident leaders know that if you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not trying hard enough.  They stretch their wings, think in new ways, and take risks.  It’s not how many times you fall down that counts, it’s how often you get back up.

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  1. There were a number of things that stick out to me, but the one that moves me the most is: “Nobody wants to fail, but confident leaders know that if you’re not failing occasionally, you’re not trying hard enough. They stretch their wings, think in new ways, and take risks…” There are so many people that surround us and critically criticize us as leaders, when we fail… while often they sit where things are comfortable and secure or they hide their own failures from us. It makes me wonder who is really living life? No great advancement in any aspect of life comes without taking some kind of risk. We just must make sure we take calculated ones instead of making foolish attempts. Even Jesus risked everything he was… to save everything else that mattered.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    author, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers
    http://www.allenpaulweaveriii.com

  2. Failure is no problem for me! As long as I keep getting back up I guess…one of these days that flying machine is going to really work, lol..You are right about risk too! You have to take risk!

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