There’s an old fable in business about The Chicken and The Pig. Long story short: the Chicken is involved; the Pig is committed. Real, committed leadership is about being the Pig, not the Chicken.
In business (and in life), real leadership requires empathy and compassion. Too many corporate executives see every worker’s problem as a quick solution-in-waiting.
At The Leading With Courage Academy, we meet a lot of people who reached the C-Suite who tell us that they don’t need to learn more about themselves or to further sharpen their leadership skills. They tend to rationalize like this: “I’m the (CEO, CFO, CMO or CXO) and know all of that stuff.”
Natural leadership is not the same thing as effective leadership. So, how do you develop effective leadership? You work at it.
Read these four Life Hack tips on how to become a better leader. Although these tips won’t guarantee that you’ll become a better leader, you may consider using them to change your leadership methods in the future:
When two people can’t seem to manage conflict or a challenging situation between them, one or both will typically go-between tension by calling in a third person to help.
Though many refer to these behavioral patterns as dysfunctional, they are basically the opposite. Someone has found a way to get needs met by someone capable of meeting them. How much more functional can you get? It only becomes dysfunctional if someone’s needs are unhealthy or dangerous, or if the person meeting the needs is resentful and otherwise not thriving in the relationship.
Newsflash: divorce does not scar kids; conflict does.
Divorce, for many people, is a means of ending a pattern of conflict that either or each spouse has recognized as damaging to them and their children. For others, it brings to the surface years of unresolved conflict.