I suppose the world is broken into two types of people: leaders and followers. Both are important roles in life and business and it is important to be the best at which ever role suits you.
I am not a very good follower. Even as a secretary many years ago, I would try to lead my boss in the direction I felt the department should head. I know that manyare quietly led by a strong administrative staff, but I wasn't so quiet.
However, I'm not sure how successful a leader I am either. That's a rather revealing statement, but let's say I view myself as a continual work in progress.
As such I stumbled upon (via Drew's Marketing Minute) Steve Farber, author of two books Radical Leap and Radical Edge. He now has a FREE download audio series called Extreme Leadership and the pursuit of the OS!M.
What's OS!M? I'll let Steve explain:
Fear is a natural part of growth, and since growth, change and revolution are all on the Extreme Leader's agenda, fear comes with the territory.
In the right context, therefore, your experience of fear (or exhilaration, for that matter) is your internal indicator that you're moving in the right direction. That you really are leading, in other words. That scary/exhilarating experience is what I call the Oh Shit! Moment or OS!M.
Interested in learning more? Steve's 3-hour Extreme Leadership audio series is now available at no charge. Give a listen.
Deborah C. Brown