During and after moving house my thoughts have lingered on, “What is enough?”. This question is not new. It is something I think about and, often, with Ingrid discuss. This question is one we answer consciously or otherwise, with our daily pursuits. When will we ‘arrive’? In life and leadership, the question of having enough is aspirational and also speaks into the ‘daily grind’. Here starts thinking, again, on having enough stuff.
We’ve just moved into a new home. Over the years I’ve heard many people share their frustrations of moving house. Where did this come from? When did we get this? Why do we have this? How did we end up with so much stuff? Do we really need this? I thought I’d need this that’s why I haven’t got rid of it. Ah! This is where this was. It’s funny what you find when you’re not looking for it. Can you identify? Thoughts… the thing about moving house…
No matter how you strive to be objective, you are biased. So am I. Our personalities, the way we’re brought up and even ego, contribute to our biases. Life and leadership decisions we make will be coloured by them. Our views and perceptions are filtered through them. Our biases are the lenses through which we see. What are the best ways to deal with our biases? Let’s start with the cost.
I’ve never met anyone or organisation with no dream or aspiration. Leaders I meet are usually brimming with hope, dreams and goals. Of course this doesn’t mean they don’t have their bouts with despondency and challenges. Recent conversations and observations highlighted how there’s sometimes a disconnect. As a team, individuals or organisation, here are two obvious ways you shut yourself down before you start.
The privilege of leading is not without its challenges. Leadership is a mantle that can weigh heavy and in some instances, even crush those who bear it. The thing is, leaders are held to higher standards. You can’t be a leader without being some things or expecting certain focus on you. There are luxuries leaders can never have.