Because of early developmental experiences, all of us have certain situations that trigger anxious feelings. Unless we know ourselves well and recognize this is going on, we will respond using strategies we developed when we were young and less experienced to reduce the anxiety.
Becoming “inner-directed” and honing your internal compass is critical to your success as a leader.
The role of a leader is not the same as that of a therapist or caregiver. The role of a leader is to achieve organizational results through an engaged and committed workforce.
One of the biggest reasons personal growth can be challenging is mental dissonance. Understanding and working through dissonance requires self-awareness and a willingness to take risks. And it requires discipline and daily effort.
What you think of as “reality” is actually an interaction between what is happening “out there” and the interpretations your brain makes of the data it takes in through your senses. These interpretations are heavily influenced by past experiences including concepts you were taught growing up and emotionally intense events you have lived through.