Activate your risk taking mojo
Are you familiar with this saying? … “if you don’t want to run with the big dogs, then stay on the porch.” Whoever came up with the phrase knew something regarding a core aspect of leadership … leaders need to be comfortable stepping out of their comfort zone and taking risks … if you are not prepared and willing to do this, stay in the safe zone but I can tell you this … you will be stifling your growth opportunities and you are not going to fully experience the potential of your leadership role.
In life and business, the paths of opportunity have a few speed bumps … plans fail … money or funding evaporates … markets change … allies move on to new ventures … some would even go as far to say that it is a jungle out there. BUT … great leaders have learned to not only survive but THRIVE! Great leaders learn continuously … form alliances … build partnerships … craft strategies … and they do not give up on their goals no matter what … in essence they fight to resist surrendering to the agony of defeat.
Courageous leaders understand the risk of being the first to launch an idea or even having a different perspective from the majority … but nevertheless are willing to put themselves in a vulnerable position and take the risk. They know that the pursuit of uncharted territories does not come with a money-back guarantee and yet, they are still willing to lead the charge. They are even willing to influence others on how challenges can be tackled and battles won in spite of setbacks and delays.
Courageous leaders are willing to pay the price for success … to give up what they have for what they might gain. They are motivated more by the prospect of success than by the fear of failure. “Impossible” and “undoable” are words that are not usually on the lips of courageous leaders … their language is “yes” … “I know we can” … “let’s try.”
Think back for a minute …what’s the biggest leadership or career risk you ever took? OK, now ask yourself what leadership or career risk do you most regret not taking?
It is possible that your answers are likely to sum up your greatest joy and your biggest disappointment for specific periods in your life.
Chances are you avoided taking certain leadership risks because you were afraid. Perhaps you … feared failing … dreaded the disapproval of your peers … feared that your actions would be misinterpreted or … could it be that you feared the responsibilities that would come with the success?
If fear is playing a factor and holding you back from living your best life, pursuing your dreams, implementing a new idea, going in a different direction or just setting and following through on bold goals … then you need to determine what you must do or know to accomplish your objectives.
Use the link below to get started on how to define your goals, know and master the rules of your mission as well as assess your readiness to move in a new direction to win your leadership game.
Take action … at this point in your leadership journey, you know your needs, and are familiar with the resources available to help you. The only task left is for you to follow through, do the necessary reading, consult the experts available to you, and be disciplined in your development.
To your continued success!