Convenience Is The Enemy

There are days when I long for my runs with Lok the Vizsla to be easy. I don’t want to feel like I taxed my body or pushed myself further than I thought I could go. I want my runs to be convenient.

We are trapped by our desire for convenience

Photo by Mitchel Lensink

And yet my runs aren’t convenient. Running can take away time from my wife or with friends. Running takes extra energy and effort. Going for a run may even require me to get wet or cold or too hot. There’s nothing convenient about running.

But I wouldn’t change this fact for anything. Convenience sounds nice, in theory. Yet if running were convenient, it wouldn’t stretch me and make me stronger. My muscles wouldn’t grow and I wouldn’t lose weight. I wouldn’t feel the accomplishment of finishing a half marathon.

Do you long for convenience in your leadership? You may want to rethink bringing convenience into the way you lead.

Stand On The Shoulders Of Others

A trait I often see in weak leaders is that they’re afraid to ask for help. They don’t want to be seen as needing help from anyone.

Leading in this way is dangerous. We can’t lead alone.

We must stand on the shoulders of others who have gone before us.

We need others to become great

Leading Alone Isn’t Worth It

Leading alone is a bad idea. I hope you know that.

We run into all sorts of trouble when we decide we don’t need anyone else. Emotional turmoil to exhaustion to depression, these are the results of deciding to be a one-man show.

We also run into problems in the area of knowledge.

I built my talents on the shoulders of someone else’s talent.
–Michael Jordan

I know I don’t know everything there is to know about leadership. And, if that’s the case, I know you don’t know everything there is to know about leadership either.