Guarding Against Unrealistic Thinking

As a good leader you have to guard against the human natural bent such as selfish, greedy and dishonest. Asking yourself questions to help you define reality isn’t enough. You have to do more. Here are four practices to help you to become better leader.

Admit Your Weakness

Try to train yourself by voice weakness such as “I

am an alcoholic”,” I must confess to others, “I am an unrealistic person.” Admitting my weakness is a first step toward recovadmint your mistakeery. You can’t define realit

y if you won’t face reality. As a good leader, it is important to know where is time

to get help from other to sove the problem for great of good.

Embrace Realistic Peopleunrealsitic thinking

The old saying “birds of a feather flock together” is really true. Normally people like to be around people who are like them. That may be a good thing when they want to have fun, but it can be a bad thing when you want to lead well. As a leader, you need peo­ple to complete yourself, to be strong where you are am weak. An effective leadership team has members who complement one another.

Ask for Honesty from Others

All leaders need to have a group of people around them who will tell them what they really think. They don’t need a bunch of yes-m

en and yes- women. The only way a leader will get honest feedback is by asking for it, and by treating people well when they actually give it. However, many lead­ers aren’t secure enough to ask for it or to respond to it without defensive­ness. Sometimes we don’t w

ant to hear the truth even though we need to. The reality is that many people don’t want to face reality. That’s why it is a good idea to ask others to help us.

Invite “Fresh Eyes” to Check Me Out

It’s amazing what you don’t see when you are in a familiar environment. The longer I lead, the more I realize I need people who are not in my organization to look at me and my organization. I have often paid outside consultants to come in, observe, and tell me what they see. I value what they have to say.

You may be thinking; That’s a lot to be doing: looking at Jack Welch’s files, asking yourself questions to define reality, using four practices to guard against unrealistic thinking! This is because realistic thinking is an area of weakness for most of the leaders outside. The very good leader needs to think at from a variety of angles and have more than one system to correct one particular problem.

Defining reality is the starting point for rood leadership. It’s like finding “You Are Here” on a 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 the brutal facts. 112 Never forget, the way you define reality determines where and how you lead. And where and how you lead determines where your followers end up. In other words, a lot is depending on it.

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