Working with leaders to become Transformational Leaders as well as working with executives who are in the middle of transforming their life and their carrier the muddiest phase or the hardest part of our work is to face their own inner and outer saboteurs. Especially the inner ones!
The price of avoiding difficult conversations
Some leaders tend to soften their message. While others dump their reaction on others saying whatever is on their mind, thinking they are talking straight. Both are wrong. ‘Talking straight responsibly’ – with the emphasis on the word responsibly – is not a freedom to say whatever you feel. It requires that you be authentic, emotionally honest, and accountable for what you say and how it impacts others.
Playing Big or Playing Small
The first step in transformation is to move beyond denial.
Many leaders claim that there are no significant behavioural or cultural issues in their organisations. Others refuse that their behaviour is a primary contributor to organisational performance. When you are in denial, your problem will either not appear on your radar screen or it will appear as the fault of others or circumstances.
The 21st century world of work is “not a place for wimps”
What actually happens when your drivers overshoot or when you offer too much of your strength competence and you find yourself acting out the shadow side of leadership?