10 signs a leader needs a new challenge

"Is it still possible, even after decades of experience, to recapture the enthusiasm, curiosity, and fearlessness of youth to take on new challenges?"

In the rapidly changing world today, where there is an abundance information, work cycles spinning faster and knowledge is disposable, experience can be sometimes a burden. It can get in the way what we don’t know and need to learn. How can success anchor us in a place? Careers halt, innovation stops, and strategies grow stale. Being new, naive, and even clueless can be an asset, especially nowadays. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning and renewal of self appears to be more valuable than mastery.

When you are learning, you are feeling the effects of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in your brain that makes you feel good. When things become habitual or automatic, our brains create less of these feeling good chemicals and boredom can kick in, which is making an emotional case for personal disruption and learning.

Sings when you are stuck as a leader and you need a new challenge (even if you don’t feel or recognize it just yet):

1. Things are running smoothly.

2. You are consistently getting positive feedback.

3. Your brain doesn't have to work hard to be successful.

4. You don't prepare for meetings because you already know the answers.

5. You've stopped learning something new every day.

6. You are busy but bored.

7. You're taking longer showers in the morning and you take your time getting to work.

8. It makes you tired to think you could be doing the same job a year from now.

9. You've become increasingly negative and can't identify why.

10. You're spending a lot of time trying to fix other people's problems.

It is advised that if you check three or more, you need a new challenge.

  • What do you need to do to keep your knowledge and skills relevant?
  • How can you keep up and stay competitive as a leader?
  • How can you continuously renew yourself?


Source: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work by Liz Wiseman

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