Have you ever been in over your head? There are times when we are put into situations that we are not prepared to handle. It is how we respond to these challenges that either affirms our leadership skills or exposes us for the phonies we truly are. Which are you?
- Hide their faults.
- Compensate for inadequacies through intimidation.
- Stop trying.
- Forget how to learn.
- Treat others as underlings.
- Pretend to know everything about everything.
- Think they are the most important person in the room.
- Talk about their fears with trusted friends.
- Seek advice from mentors, coaches, and peers.
- Surround themselves with people who know more than they do.
- Set goals, personal and professional, to close gaps.
- Build bridges and tear down walls to expose weaknesses within themselves.
- Find something to learn every day.
- Focus on people, not power.
It’s okay to be in over your head. If you are never in the deep end you won’t learn how to swim. A little panic can be a great motivator. Use it, don’t be paralyzed by it. People will respect you more when you can admit you need help. It is better for you and the team to acknowledge your shortfalls and try to work on them.