One of my greatest fears as a leader is that of becoming obsolete and not being aware of it. I think it stems, in part, from the base insecurities that most of us possess. It also occasionally comes from working with the incredibly talented group of professionals who surround me. I am both amazed and humbled by the things they achieve and the way they help guide our business.
As leaders, I believe we need to lean into our fears, not sidestep them or pretend they do not exist. Professional growth not only comes from leveraging our strengths but also addressing those things that keep us up at night. By acknowledging and communicating that which troubles us, we can develop a strategy and plan of attack just as we do with other business challenges.
Part of my strategy includes being a continuous learner and working hard to keep pace with the members of our team and the great work they consistently deliver. I am also reminded that a key responsibility of mine is to attract, develop and promote people who are more capable than me of leading our organization forward. Not only is it a leader’s responsibility, in time it becomes their legacy. No fear.
Be intentional about it…