Recently, I spoke with a friend of mine about challenges that leaders face. Leaders face a wide variety of challenges. Some challenges come from outside sources while others come from within. Even though most leaders I have met have had a positive outlook on life, there has almost always been a challenge they were trying to overcome.
For some leaders the challenge is getting their employees to do what they need them to do and for others it is implementing changes to benefit the organization. There are also challenges like feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, or uncertainty. Each leader seems to have their own biggest challenge.
One of my biggest challenges has been creating a balance between keeping the existing processes going to get work done and taking time to significantly improve the efficiency of the process. I have always tried to follow the motto that it is important to work smarter and not harder, so I am very driven to make process improvements.
It takes a lot of time and effort to improve the process, but the long-term efficiency increases make big impacts. At the same time, creating a big change takes a lot of time, effort, hard work, and while you are doing it, you are not working on the day-to-day work. For those reasons, it is important to balance your efforts between process improvement and maintaining the current workload.
I am putting together a presentation to identify and discuss the biggest challenges leaders face and I would love to have your help. I prepared a simple 3-question survey for you to explain your leadership challenges. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey. (If the link doesn’t work for you, the web address is https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/39QX6LF). If you would like, I will give you a copy of the results once they are compiled.
I think the most difficult challenge a Leader faces is when he cannot Learn, Unlearn, and Re-learn and this may be because of his or her ego, an authoritarian rule, low self efficacy. To me my biggest leadership challenge is convincing someone about a change/ process improvement, when they have a negative mindset, and not willing to see the bigger plan.
Making sure it doesn’t break you from within, nor from the outside. It is important to take all challenges as lessons learnt, lessons of life that adds flavor to your soul, rather than destroy your soul. Always have no regrets because every day gives you an opportunity to take away a new experience no matter how old you get. Let’s face it – people and behaviors are complex in their own ways – the same course of action /response cannot be the same in all circumstances even though similar. Sometimes you need to let your consciousness / perceptions (Spirit) guide you.
Becoming a Co-Creator:
When you are able to give back regardless of the downfalls and share your love and leanings with the world by making your pain a motivation, taking out your feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, or uncertainty and focusing on future possibilities that’s when you become a co-creator and can lead people to help them realize that they too are important co-creators too and an essential part of constantly and consistently building in this vision.
Joining the dots to my previous conversation “Leadership Causes & Goals“. If you as a Leader don’t have a Cause / Goal / Common Task that your people will support – “Go back to the drawing board and start all over again”. Sometimes, during this stage of decision making, you will go through inadequacy, insecurity, or uncertainty as you mentioned – but it is essential to analyze the situation around. Sometimes you don’t need to use your rationale to judge by the numbers but you need to sense and feel the possibilities around while making a decision.
People choose their Leader and a Leader is a Leader because of the people. Let me give you an example in the biblical context: King David was king over the Tribe of Judah only and ruled from Hebron, but after seven years the other 11 tribes chose him to be their king as well: “Then came all the tribes of the kingdom to David to Hebron, and spoke, saying: ‘Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you that did lead out and bring in the kingdom; and the Lord said to you: You shalt feed my people, and you shall be prince over my kingdom.’ So all the elders of the kingdom came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the Lord; and they anointed David king over all the kingdom… (2 Samuel 5:1-3).
If the people do not choose their leader, the leader can in no way move mountains alone.
There will always be too much to handle– but great leaders are able to balance both the existing and the opportunity to bring in new ideas (I remember, many a times I would move my schedule around, just so that I could be in meets to learn what’s new and upcoming, even if it meant stretching my day, or getting shouted at by my ex- boss, because of his own insecurities. But I did it for the love & passion of my work)
As I was told by a very wise woman whom I deeply admire and revere that “It takes a village to bring up a baby” and this indeed stands true when balancing your efforts between process improvements & maintaining current workload.
Love your motto of “work smarter and not harder” and mine is “Never stop reinventing”
Thanks Brandon – I have filled up the survey. Please do send me a copy of the results 🙂
Have a Fantabulous Day Ahead!
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