We talk a lot about challenge in leadership – the importance of giving the people we lead appropriate challenge and support to help them develop. Challenging for higher performance, for better thinking, for change to old ways of working that no longer serve.
Our organisations are subject to challenges from internal as well as external factors. These issues will litter our path. But with all this stuff on our plate do we neglect the practice that may help us most, to elevate our leadership in service of building a better organisation…the practice of self-challenge?
That may mean:
- Putting ourselves into discomfort, into experiences from which we will learn and where we will break through our reliance on unconscious competence
- Getting serious about our practice of reflection as essential and prioritised rather than nice to have
- Showing up at the sharp end of our organisation and working there, shoulder to shoulder, with colleagues to experience their world and hear their views
- Turning the organisation’s charitable giving into time and people giving, and giving ourself
Challenging self is essential to keeping our leadership fresh, relevant and progressing. So, what’s your next (self) challenge?