For most of us, the high-impact leader lurking inside comes out only on our best days. If you find yourself in this category—if you’re not getting the leadership traction you want—ask yourself these questions. If most of your answers are “no,” you may be getting in your own way.
1. Overemphasizing Personal Goals
Do I spend most of my time as a manager thinking about what other people in the organization need to succeed?
Does the “best version” of my employees show up in my presence?
Does their best version endure in my absence?
2. Protecting Your Public Image
Do I ever stop monitoring myself and simply do my job?
Have I been willing to “look bad” in the service of my team or organization?
Do I explicitly model the attitudes and behaviors I want others in my organization to adopt?
3. Turning Competitors into Enemies
Is it rare for me to feel defensive, insecure, or judgmental?
Is it rare for people to feel defensive, insecure, or judgmental around me?
Is my environment generally free of people I can’t stand to be around?
4. Going It Alone
Do I have a core group of people who help me make important decisions?
Do I have people around me who can handle both my audacity and my insecurities?
Do the most important people in my life participate in my leadership dreams?
5. Waiting for Permission
Is it possible to make a difference from my current position?
Do I have control over when I’ll be able to have a meaningful impact?
Could I become a leader before other people see me as one?