What is coming between you and your greatness?
Leaders all have some incredible strengths – but often those same strengths become our weaknesses, too.
Lolly Daskal approaches this in her new book The Leadership Gap. Often what once works so well for us as a leader eventually begins working against us. Lolly identifies seven types of characteristics leaders possess, and reveals the powerful abilities and hidden destructive tendencies for each type.
Eventually every leader must ask themselves, “What is the gap between who I am and who I want to be, and do I know what it is I still need to learn?” (p.4)
Learning to recognize your leadership gap is the factor that can determine your greatness as a leader.
When you recognize which type you lean toward, you are able to identify your strengths and weaknesses. That is what allows you to attack the gaps.
He is driven by confidence, which comes from being very competent. When he is taken outside of his comfort zone, he may become plagued by self-doubt. He fears being found out by others that he’s not really good enough to do this – labeling him an Imposter.
She is very intuitive, and can quickly rethink how things are commonly done. She is driven to push others forward by trying new approaches. But when she uses her intuition to manipulate others, she turns from making things better for others, to focusing on making things better for herself. She can become an Exploiter if she’s not careful.
The Truth Teller
He feels it is his duty to speak up, and he has a sincere desire to help. He stands up for others and what is right, and values candor. His weakness is suspicion – which leads to doubt and deception. Deceivers hide the truth – because they suspect something untrue about others.
She cannot help but get up and act. She is a conqueror, and finds the courage to do what she knows she is capable of, even if she doesn’t know how. The opposite of the hero is the Bystander – those who don’t take action because others around them aren’t taking action, either. The moment you choose not to be a bystander is the moment you uncover the hero within. (p. 116)
He makes many small bets in his willingness to fail. Small failures are acceptable in pursuit of a bigger goal. He is constantly asking “how do we make this better?” He is full of integrity. When integrity fails, corruption sets in, and instead of inventing, he begins to Destroy the attempts of others.
She lives and dies by trust. By establishing trust with those around her, she is able to take people where they need to go. But when that trust fails, and she no longer trusts others, she becomes arrogant, and turns into a Fixer, believing that her way is the only right way.
He is fiercely loyal. He is driven to defend his beliefs and serve his people. He knows how to release the spark within people and earn their loyalty. But when he stumbles and begins to act in ways that are self-serving, he becomes a Mercenary who is focused on what he can get from others instead of what he can give.
Great leaders have the ability to rethink who they are – they are open to learning, changing, and growing as leaders.
Great leaders change the world around them, but they start from within.
Greatness is a lot of small things done well every day.
What is your leadership gap? What is keeping you from your greatness?