I recently relearned what leadership is all about. It is about allowing others to contribute to you so you can contribute to them. This requires vulnerability and a stand that “This shall be done”. It is easy to get caught up in the names, actions, pay, and prestige of it all. But when it boils down to it, How open are you to the contribution that others have to give?

If you take a look and notice you are not open, then you might be stuck in your leadership. Have you tried and failed  to get a promotion? Has your project stalled? Are your team members constantly changing? Take a look at where you don’t allow contribution.

This could look like not hearing others’ ideas, not hearing constructive criticism, or not even allowing others to open the door for you. This all contributes to the “I can do it all myself” persona. When you reach this point people start treating you like that. Consequently they look to you to solve problems versus solving them on their own.

Leadership requires give and take. What does your leadership look like?


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