Are you pushed in your role as a business leader into areas outside your comfort zone?
Working outside of your comfort zone is a reality for many leaders. Your comfort zone is the complete opposite of risk. Choosing to remain in your comfort zone leaves you risk-free but fails to allow for growth, development and leadership. If you can’t step up , do what’s needed and push forward, you risk losing the respect and dedication of your team and business success will elude you.
Leaders thrive on risks and challenges. Risks are frequently calculated and designed to achieve growth and development, innovation or advancement. Risks also lead change. As a leader, the people who follow you will learn from your reasoning, your actions, your emotions and how you face each situation or any set-back.
“Managers work to get their employees to do what they did yesterday, but a little faster and a little cheaper.
Leaders, on the other hand, know where they’d like to go, but understand that they can’t get there without their tribe, without giving those they lead the tools to make something happen.”
In his book, “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us“, Godin indicates that leaders know when to step forward and lead from the front. They also know when to lean back and lead from behind. Leading from behind allows those around you to become more engaged and facilitates improved utilization of the skills and abilities of your team.
Failing to lead your team can lead to many obstacles and challenges in your business. A few of these challenges include:
1. Lost motivation — In the business world there are leaders and there are followers. If you fail to lead, those who are following you will quickly become “lost”. Poor leadership causes frustration, disengagement, productivity drops and more. To any business, this is very costly!
2. High Turnover — When your team are unhappy and unmotivated, they look outside the workplace for “something better”. Employees spend a majority of their day at your place of work. If you are not leading them effectively, why should they stay? Turnover is a major expense to any business and for the most part its avoidable.
3. Financial Failure — Poor productivity, high turnover and disengaged teams will reap havoc on your bottom line. No business can withstand these issues for long if they want to be profitable. Your financial picture can tell you more about the inner workings of your business, and how well you are leading them than you may recognize at first glance.
Want to step up? Make the changes needed to create the work environment and outcomes you can be proud of?
Consider working with a certified business or executive coach. You will identify the what areas you want to work on over the summer to capitalize on this slower time of year. Leverage your efforts to re-energize yourself, your career or get that project completed. You will create a detailed plan and implement the steps to move you toward your goals. Let’s take action together so you have the support and encouragement to walk outside your comfort zone and enjoy a stellar Fall… the choice is yours!
I have time available for only 2 new clients…
… don’t miss this opportunity to ignite your goals and
exceed expectations in the latter half of 2013!!