I’ve noticed something interesting in my work with business owners & church leaders …
An organization is a tangible translation of how its leader thinks.
Thinking is one of the most powerful tools a leader wields. How you think about the past, present, & future is visibly evident in your organization. Your organization is a picture of how you think.
So many leaders come to me feeling stuck. They usually want to talk about tactics or strategies to grow their organization–but I refuse to start there. Tactics and strategies are good, but mindset changes are better.
I would like to dissect the brain of a stuck-leader with you & expose the 3 Limiting Beliefs that are keeping them there:
1. “My staff isn’t good enough to get to the next level”
This is so common. Leaders believe there is a fairytale land of staff that are better than the team members they currently have. They believe that bigger organizations have better staff.
While this can be true, it’s not totally true. Blaming your lack of organizational growth on your staff is a way to shift blame away from yourself. You and I are the problem the majority of the time.
We must look at our own leadership 10X more than our teams’. The leader that starts with a personal exploration of limitations is the leader who is poised to grow to the next level.
2. “Coaches are too expensive”
I can’t begin to tell you how many leaders don’t have a personal leadership coach. I seriously can’t fathom leading anything without a paid coach helping me along the way. Professionals have paid coaches, amatuers read free content.
While free content isn’t bad, it will not give you the accountability you need to get to the next level. You don’t need more information as much as you need more accountability.
If you do not have a leadership coach & you feel like your organization is stuck, I challenge your thinking. I suggest you think, “It’s too expensive NOT to have a coach.”
Buy books, listen to audios(here’s an example from me and my coach that you can access…click here), hire consultants, & go to events. When you quit learning, you quit growing.
3. “I’ll just do it”
I am about to reveal something I wish I would have known six years ago.
Most leaders are good at a handful of things, and those are the activities they hog in the organization. Doing doesn’t help you grow, thinking does. So I’m going to go contrary to contemporary advice. Most people say, “Hire to your weaknesses,” but I think that is only half right.
The one thing I’ve learned that has multiplied my time is to hire to my weaknesses and my strengths.
I was a decent marketer until about $1.6 million in revenue. Then my strength became a weakness because I was hogging the marketing duties. Nobody could do it as well as me… so I thought.
Then I hired Josh. Josh is an animal & the best internet marketer I personally know. I have been fired from marketing & sales these days. I spend all of my extra time thinking & learning.
Hiring to your strengths and weaknesses is the key because “doing” will only get you so far. At some point, as the leader, your job is about thinking & getting everything “done” through others.
So, which one of these beliefs is holding you back? Are you doing too much? Do you not have a paid coach? Are you blaming your staff?
If you’re looking for a “mind opening” catalyst, you should grab my $29 resource with my first paid coach, Diane Conklin. There is 100 minutes of audio that you can listen to while you exercise, commute, walk your dog, sit at your desk….