“I can’t believe he’s still the CEO!”

This is the third article in the Deadly Interpersonal Leadership Sins series, covering Sin #5: Oversimplifying, making assumptions, and jumping to conclusions about situations and intentions. We’re in a fast moving business world where, as leaders, we often have to make decisions with far less information than we would like. Indeed many people rise to positions of leadership precisely because they have the ability to make decisions and move forward with minimal information. Unfortunately any strength over applied or used without thought can become a weakness. Here’s a story to illustrate:
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Are you plugging in your former center of power when it no longer serves?

Leaders are people who are recognized as standing out above their peers and promoted because they can do things better and faster than others. Whether it’s a natural or learned ability, leaders have something that others don’t have – and that makes them special. It also makes them highly likely to overuse their strengths – even to the point where those strengths can become a liability for the organization.
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Are you focusing on just what you believe you can control?

Leaders are people who get things done. They imagine a better future and exert amazing effort to make that future happen. They constantly work to make progress, sometimes in spite of extremely challenging situations. And sometimes leaders get so caught up in making progress that they focus only on controlling what they believe they can control instead of what they should control.
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