A Leader's First Responsibility is to Define Reality

"A time of turbulence is a dangerous time, but it's greatest danger is a temptation to deny reality." – Peter Drucker

  • "I've lost my clarity." 
  • "I too often procrastinate." 
  • "I lack focus and specific goals."
  • "I need better self leadership skills." 
  • "Our team is uninspired and underperforming."

These are not statements of weakness or failure. These are courageous statements of reality.

Defining reality is the starting point for personal transformation and good leadership. It's like finding "you are here" on the map before trying to get where you're going. As Jim Collins points out in Good to Great, good leaders who lead great companies face reality and make changes accordingly. "You absolutely cannot make a series of good decisions without first confronting brutal facts" - Jim Collins.

Never  forget your ability to define reality is the starting point for rebuilding and leading to personal renewal. It will determine your true leadership reputation and your bottom-line results.

Big Question: Where do you need a reality check?

If you are not seeing the results in yourself or your team that you desire, use this list of questions to help you see your situation realistically:

  • What is the reality in my own personal performance in leadership effectiveness? 
  • Can I break it down into 2 - 3 areas of focus?
  • Can the areas be fixed? Do I need assistance? Coaching?
  • Am I willing to create a game plan and commit?
  • Will my leadership team follow the game plan?

Coaching Moment:

Invite some trusted people, or a coach, to ask questions regarding your reality and leadership. Ask them to be direct and genuine. Ask follow-up questions to gain even greater insights. Knowledge is power!

Imagine the personal power that comes from breaking out of self-denial into self-leadership. Imagine the freedom with open honesty. Imagine the trust you'll gain from colleagues and clients as you lead by example.

Let others help you put together a successful game plan for changing what can be changed for the betterment of your leadership and your organization. Greater results will follow!

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve at: steve@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.