Leadership Education: Late for the Red Carpet?
Okay, the Oscar buzz is now a thing for movie history books. Time to get back to business as usual; but wait, stop, hold on, take a few minutes; think about your own behavior as you prepare your life for your own gold statuette.
I believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader; I’m redefining leadership: it’s in every one of us! We all have the capacity to take a stand, lead the way, be counted and be counted on. And as we take leadership development to new heights those who show us the road less traveled, keep us going toward a positive goal, help us win the brass ring, find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of our dreams deserve to be acknowledged and rewarded for it .The best of the best deserve to get the red carpet treatment.
Now back to Oscar night in Tinsel Town. I watched the glitz and glitter for two reasons, actually three. First, I really did want to check out the gorgeous gowns and jewelry, and then I really did want to see if Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt would bump into Jennifer Aniston and how that would play out.
Last reason for watching was to see who showed up early and especially who would be running down the red carpet with an “OMG, I‘m LATE” deer in the headlights look. You know, like the rabbit in the old version of Alice in Wonderland singing “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date, no time to say hello, goodbye, I’m late, I’m late, I’m late”.
What does this have to do with leadership? How about EVERYTHING!
First order of leadership development has to do with time management and that hateful word PROCRASTINATION.
In “Don’t Bring It to Work”, there are 13 most common behavior patterns that get in the way of true leadership, of real success and procrastination is a big one. Now, sometimes there really is a traffic tie-up. And mostly, we are late because of the following three reasons. See if you check one of the following boxes and if being late is one of your worst patterns now is the time to do some deep diving to find a new way.
- Lack of organization: cramming in just “one more thing before I leave”. These are the super achievers who think they can do more than any mere mortal. OOOPS, late again!
- Lack of investment: the “Ug, I’d rather be fishing” type who is bored by everyone and anything that does not smack of changing the system. These are the rebels who defy dress codes and time agreements.
- Lack of self-respect: feel unimportant, believe no one will care if they are not there, or even notice if they are MIA. These are the victims who blame themselves for everything that could possibly go wrong in the world and show up late to prove they are not needed.