Leaders frequently approach their roles with unconscious and deeply entrenched feelings of shame rooted in their early experiences dealing with authority figures. This can result in significant roadblocks in building effective teams.
Leadership is about taking risks and creating change. This requires commitment to a future vision, and then executing with confidence. Or, in baseball terms, “attacking the strike zone.”
Some organizations have been aware of the need for transformation for some time but have just not acted on it. The biggest leadership issue is often not a lack of strategic insight into what needs to be done, but is instead, one of leadership.
DEI ought to be a call for fairness, equity, and including new voices into decision making and opportunity for economic upward mobility. This calls for making a commitment to modify recruiting practices and cultures to make them more inclusive.
Both executive coaches and financial planners help clients to make high quality decisions in service of their long-term goals, and to avoid some of the thinking errors humans are prone to make on their own.
All leaders are faced with balancing boldness with wisdom. The challenge is to be bold, but not to be bold and foolish. This requires listening to your internal voice and acting on opportunities, while seeking wise counsel and taking the time to be intellectually curious.