I seem to be reading about leadership everywhere these days, and I love it!
I had a wonderful surprise with starting Steve Farber’s new book, which I down loaded on my ipad and started reading yesterday. I don’t want to say much more, other than ‘do the same’ as I may spoil your surprise. What I resonated with, in addition to the words, was a sense of Steve’s presence and the personal touch that made the experience of reading the book exceptional for me.
This morning on LinkedIn, one of the articles (from Forbes) was entitled “New Leaders: To Make Your Mark, Do Nothing” and it spurred my thinking to the area of ‘mistakes’ or ‘do overs’.
As a leader, I have made tons of mistakes and experience many OS!Moments! One of my main mistake and the biggest thing I would like to ‘do over’, is to “do nothing” in an organization for about 6 months or longer. This would give me a chance to get a sense of the culture, the people, the informal rules, the energy of the system, so to speak. It would also clearly say that my personality, my energy is only a small part of the whole system and would speak to a collaborative leadership style.
I wonder too, if due to the gender divide and the history of an imbalance in women, success and power relative to our male counterparts, women are more afraid than men to make mistakes in leadership and err on safety? Does being safe as a leader mean being stagnant as an organization?
I would love to hear from women leader’s as to what your main ‘mistake’/’do over’ would be! Please share! From our sharing, we can learn, grow and support each other!
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