One of the pitfalls that can stop potential leaders is the desire to focus on vision to the detriment of facing reality. But good leaders are both visionary and realistic. The Law of the Scoreboard in from John C. Maxwell book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork states, “The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands.” In other words, reality is the foundation positive change. If you don’t face reality, then you will not be able to make necessary changes.
Bill Easum, president and senior managing partner in Easum, Bandy and Associates asserts, “Realistic leaders are objective enough to minimize illusions. They understand that self-deception can cost them their vision.” That was true for me. My high belief in people and my desire to protect people I loved got in the way of facing the truth—and being honest with them when their performance was hurting the company.
If you are optimistic, and you naturally encourage people, as do, then you may need to take extra care to look reality in the eye and keel’ yourself grounded. Continually cast a realistic eye on
• The Situation—it is often worse than you think.
• The Process—it usually takes longer than you think. • The Price—it always costs more than you think.
If you lack realism today, then you may lack credibility with others tomorrow. As people says, “Facing current reality is o: nasty, but necessary.”