5 Signs You Aren’t Committed To Leading

There are leaders and there are those who lead. – Simon Sinek

I have accepted that some don’t really commit to their role as leaders; or they simply don’t understand its implications.

Full commitment requires a balanced dose of heart and mind.

“That’s just common sense” is a regularly used phrase when leadership concepts come up. Yet, many don’t follow through by putting them to practice. It’s all nice on paper.

The uncommitted leaders:

  1. Delay difficult conversations.
  2. Overlook negative behaviors for the benefit of high productivity.
  3. Compromise their values for fear of failure.
  4. Focus on themselves when deadlines are near.
  5. Choose results before relationships when times get tough.

There two acronyms I remember most out of the leadership books I have read: S.E.R.V.E. and H.E.A.R.T. Click on the links if you want to find out what each letter stands for.

They come from Mark Miller’s books The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do and Heart of Leadership.

The letter I recall the most is the “T”; which stands for “Think others first.”

What’s commitment to think others first?

The best way I can express it is by comparing it to good parenting behaviors.

  • To get staff ready to be independent.
  • To provide guidance when needed.
  • To know when to use tough love to redirect energy and behaviors.
  • To let them learn how to deal with struggles.
  • To help them plan their future.
  • To aid in the discovery of their strengths.
  • To let them go when the time comes.
  • To give feed their hearts and minds before our own.
  • And so on.

We all claim to know parenting is a huge challenge. The same is being a leader.

alt-text

Leadership is not about the power of the individual but a privilege granted by others with the understanding that you’ll take them to a place they have never been before.

 

How committed are you to take responsibility for someone else’s life?

 

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