Effective leaders go first.
The action of going first is to take a leap of faith. It is putting yourself out there. Making yourself vulnerable. Taking a calculated risk.
Going first is summoning up the courage to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.
This means putting your inner fears aside. It means not caring what others around you will think. (You can’t please everyone all the time.)
In Leadership, going first means you set the example. You walk the talk. You are the first person to admit when you make a mistake.
It also means that when you’re building trust in teams, that you Go First. Be the first to place your trust in your team – that they know what they are doing. Trust that the people around you have the skills and abilities to get the job done.
In Leadership Going First also means that you are the first to extend a hand and help others around you. You are constantly asking others “How can I help you?”
Is Going First easy?
No. But waiting for others to reach out to you creates success in waiting.
“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louise E. Boone
Chantal Bechervaise resides in Ottawa, Ontario and is a lifelong learner with a strong thirst for knowledge. She has experience in recruitment and human resources in the private, non-profit and public sector. She blogs about HR and Leadership topics, and her areas of interest are anything related to HR, leadership, social media and branding.
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