Several years ago, Mary Jordan posted an essay, Be Still, and Be a Better Leader,1 on the Linkage Leadership Blog and it caught my attention. At that time, she was a Principle Consultant and Co-Leader of the Linkage Change and Transition Leadership Practice.
Ever have the fear that someone is always watching you, just waiting for you to foul-up?
… Yes, both I and you are most likely members of this club
Self-awareness, one of the key elements of emotional intelligence, is one’s “capacity for introspection and the ability to recognize oneself as an individual separate from the environment and other individuals. Self-awareness is how an individual consciously knows and understands their own character, feelings, motives, and desires. There are two broad categories of self-awareness: internal self-awareness and external self-awareness.?”1
At one time or another, we have each tried and failed at something, sometimes miserably. And, as a result we all have some fear that if we try to do the same thing, or something similar, again, we will again fail.
Not always. But, sometimes. It might be that when you have a new opportunity or are beginning a new task, you remember when you tried something similar, and it didn’t go well. So, you hesitate. Or, you might recall a time when you were laughed at or made to feel like a failure or ignored when you made a proposal or presented an idea.
Harry Davis is the first individual to connect leadership and performance art that I ever encountered. He is the Roger L. and Rachel M. Goetz Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. We met at the 2008 MOR Leaders Conference1 where Professor Davis was the featured speaker. His topic was Leadership as Performance Art.
Over the past year, I have written on many topics, but never on courage.
… Discover the Value of Idleness
… Just how many hours did you get last night?
If you are like me, I typically answer this question by saying something like, “not enough.” Each of us by design, by inattention, or the events-of-the-day, end up trying, usually unsuccessfully, to cram more into each day than is reasonable, practical, of good for our life and health.