Results matter. A lot.
Teams get stuck. Leaders get stuck. We all get stuck—it’s a fact of doing business.
I’ve noticed that people often have trouble asking for help. Sometimes they sit on projects for weeks because they didn’t want to ask for support. There are many reasons people fear requesting assistance, primary among them is not wanting to seem weak, needy, or incompetent. Any of these ring a bell?
When we don’t get the results we like, most of us have been conditioned to blame something outside of ourselves. It is all part of the universal blame game that happens every single day. Employees blame bosses and bosses blame employees. Notice how often others blame the additional workload, the challenging client, the unreliable partner, or the unresponsive co-worker. A commonly blamed reason for poor results is not having enough resources.
Every day we are faced with a wide variety of obstacles and challenges. That’s not going to change. We have to change. Learning to lead yourself is the most important thing you will ever do. If you can’t lead yourself, you will never be able to lead others.