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    What Are Some Harsh Truths About Being a Leader 


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    Many people think of leadership as a glorified profession, one with impressive titles and lots of prestige and benefits. That may or may not be the case, but every level of leadership involves some hard truths. If you’re already in leadership, you likely know these all too well already, but if you’re aspiring to a leadership role, or if you work with a leader, keep them in mind:

    Leadership means sacrifice. Leadership at its core is about sacrifice of self-interest. True leadership is other-focused—it’s about investing in other people to help them succeed, even at the expense of your own interests. You have to put your personal priorities away and work for the good of your people.

    Leadership means constantly being judged. People are especially judgmental of their boss. Every decision you make—from promotions to project assignments to office decor—is subject to scrutiny. You have to learn not to take it personally, and that’s not always easy.

    Leadership means having to be strong for others. People come to their leader with all kinds of challenges and burdens, and it’s part of your charge to always be strong and looking out for them. Making sure that people feel supported and provided for takes an enormous amount of perseverance.

    Leadership means carrying the load. You may not have a sign on your desk that says “The Buck Stops Here,” but if you’re in leadership, it does stop with you. You’re in charge so you have to take responsibility, even when the burden is difficult.

    Leadership means making people unhappy. There will always be people who don’t support your ideas and initiatives, and some of those people may actively oppose you or be upset with your choices. You truly cannot make everyone happy or have everyone like you. The best you can do is to be honest and consistent in yourself.

    Leadership means failing visibly. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has failures. But when a leader fails, they fail in full view of the entire team. Bad judgment calls and missteps, large or small, are right there. Everyone knows about them; there’s nowhere to hide and no excuses that will help.

    Leadership means being mindful of your influence. As a leader you need to pay attention to everything that comes out of your mouth. Your words matter, whether you’re addressing a large group, in a small meeting, or telling a joke in the hall. People will be paying attention to what you say and how you say it.

    Leadership means liking your people, even the difficult ones. As a leader, your first priority is the people who work for you, even the most difficult, the most challenging, the most unpersonable. It’s a priority that can be tough to maintain.

    Being a leader is not for the weak. You’re constantly scrutinized, judged and held to a higher standard than most people. Great leaders always find a way to make it work—and that’s what makes them great leaders.

    Lead from within: There’s no manual for leadership, no five-step process that will give you the answers. You have to sort out how to be a great leader by doing it and being it.

     


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    7 Harsh Truths About Life That No One Wants to Accept 


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    We all face some degree of struggle and suffering in life and in business. Some are unavoidable; some are errors we can learn and grow from; some come from the neglect or bad actions of others.

    Sometimes the worst struggles are the ones we inflict upon ourselves through bad habits of thought. As with most things, the first step in fixing the problem is being aware of it. Here are seven of the most frequent:

    We worry needlessly. It’s been said that a day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. If you understand worry, you can recognize it as fear trickling through your mind and wearing you out. Worry doesn’t solve any problems, of course. It robs you of your effectiveness without making anything better–and most of the time, the things you worry about never even come to pass. Stop worrying about what can go wrong and get excited about what can go right.

    We overthink everything. Much like worry, overthinking can deplete and exhaust you. Worse, it can shut down good ideas before they even get a chance to be explored. Overthinking is the art of creating problems that weren’t there before. Don’t allow the possibilities of a situation to be overtaken by the risks; remember that your instincts are built on your experience and education and learn to trust them.

    We give into anger to easily. Anger solves nothing and builds nothing; its power is purely destructive. It’s possible to be passionate in your beliefs and to disagree with others without anger. Or you can let it own you–and possibly destroy you. You always have the choice to be thoughtful and calm in responding to a situation–to act on the basis of your priorities and goals, not the emotion of the moment.

    We procrastinate to be perfect. Procrastination makes easy things hard and hard things harder, and few things are more damaging to success. It’s the emotional equivalent of debt, allowing tasks to consume a growing amount of your energy without ever moving closer to closure. Whatever needs to be done, do it promptly and move on with your life.

    We feel like an imposter. Almost everyone struggles with this from time to time. You can persuade yourself you’re unqualified to do what you’re doing–too old, too young, not smart enough, not quick enough, on and on. It’s what you do with those feelings that makes the difference. Drown out the voice of the imposter with positive messaging. Refuse to undervalue who you are and overvalue what you are not. Remember, you don’t have to everything figured out to be successful and move forward.

    We have more negative thoughts than we have positive. You can’t spread negative thinking around you and expect to get positive results. It can be difficult to realize the power of negative thinking–or even to know when you’re engaged in it. It can become so automatic that you aren’t even aware of it. The cure is to let go of expectations and learn to find positivity in most situations–because short of an outright tragedy, every experience has at least some good to bring, and you’ll accomplish far more by thinking of positive solutions.

    We wish we had it easier. You cannot control much of what happens in life, and a big part of wisdom is coming to terms with that fact. What you can control is how you respond. Don’t concern yourself with what anybody else is doing or wish for fewer challenges. Instead, focus on knowing more and doing more and being the best version of yourself. The things that come easy aren’t the ones that help you grow in determination and strength.

    There are truths about life that exist, and they can be harsh, but if we learn to accept them we can go beyond them.

     


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    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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