I’ve worked with a lot of leaders lately who share a common thought.
They believe they haven’t really earned their role.
Or they believe that they really don’t know what they’re doing and eventually someone will find them out.
They compare themselves to other people in similar roles or who have similar titles and they believe those other people have the ‘right’ experience or ‘better’ skills and so they are more deserving of their roles.
When we don’t believe we should be where we are, we don’t own our place.
We don’t step into the role and we can’t truly possess the opportunities and responsibilities that come.
Having worked with CEO’s, Presidents, VP’s and every other level of management, I can tell you this.
No one really knows what they’re doing.
And if they tell you otherwise, they’re lying.
But, the ones who are doing well.
The leaders who are thriving and leading high performing teams… They show up.
They show up for themselves and for others.
They don’t diminish their skills and their abilities.
They admit what they don’t know.
They ask questions.
They seek out development.
They allow themselves to be challenged and wrong.
They don’t pretend.
They show up, warts and all.
It’s hard to be vulnerable.
It’s hard to admit you don’t really know what to do or how best to move forward.
But, to assume that you’re not ready because of it, is to minimize your experience and your talent.
You can do this.
You deserve to be where you are.
You are talented and capable.
And if nothing else,
Remember that the performance of your team has everything to do with the amazing people you surround yourself with, as it does your own experience and skill.
YOU do not make a team.
Your ability to identify talent and engage them makes the team.
I believe we can all lead and do a brilliant job.
But leadership requires a lot of us and for many it’s too much.
So too many people who are in leadership roles, acquiesce and give in and don’t show up.
And one of the easiest ways to give up, is to believe the thought that you don’t deserve to be where you are.
If you believe you aren’t good enough, then your failures, lack of leadership, lack of team performance, etc… become understandable and almost expected.
Each moment we are faced with a choice when we have signed up to lead.
People want to see YOU, not the YOU you think you’re supposed to be.
Be human. Be kind. Be gracious. Connect. Develop. Honor and Listen. I think if you can master these
You can rock whatever role you’re in.