My blogs are usually about how to become a better leader. This time I would like to take a step back and provide an assessment as to what it looks like to Play Big or Play Small. Let’s be honest with ourselves. None of us have all of the characteristics of Playing Big in leadership, but the best leaders are aware of their shortcomings and are improving themselves. When reading this post, look for areas you need improvement and write out some simple steps to address your weaknesses.
Playing Big in leadership is not a one-cut diamond; it requires a multi-faceted approach. Below is quick checklist assessment to ensure you are doing everything you can to Play Big in your leadership.
Leaders Playing Big:
- Do not jump to judgment
- Remain calm during challenging times and in tough relationships
- Pause to reflect and don’t rush to react
- Do not place self-imposed limits on their potential
- Have an ability to be present and engaged when it counts
- Understand how emotions affect their behaviors
- Can see from other people’s frame of reference
- Can admit when they are wrong
- Can see the great potential in others
- Accept that sometimes they are Playing Small and need to step it up
- Can appreciate their lives and their successes
The above list gives you some attitudinal goals; below is my list of attributes to avoid.
Leaders Playing Small:
- Are more judgmental of themselves and others
- Allow negative self-talk to derail their big plans
- Are often reacting, rather than responding
- Are not willing to admit when they are wrong
- Are often distracted during conversations
- Become defensive when criticized
- Feel a need to be right rather than do right
- Want control for control’s sake
- Have a hard time following other
- Seek short-term success
- Avoid short-term pain
- Are driven by habitual, default behaviors
- Lack a strong sense of purpose.
Remember: To get big time results you have to Play Big. What are two or three characteristics of Playing Big can you work towards today?
Here is to building better leaders
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