The Single Biggest Block Leaders Have & What To Do About It?

All of us aspire to do great things, and many of us achieve it. However, many did not manage to do so, but why?  It is because they haven’t uncovered the blocks and blind spots preventing them from achieving what they set out to do. Leadership experts have lots of advice to solve this; however, I always find them too complicated and esoteric as a leader. I like to offer a few simple suggestions to get over this. To help, I want to share insights from a global leadership expert Payal Nanjiani whom I recently interviewed on my videocast “Wisdom of Series.”

Some of her insights that you can consider.

By way of introduction, Payal Nanjiani is a globally acclaimed Indian-American leadership and success mastery expert. For 21 years, her keynotes, workshops, coaching, and books have inspired millions of people to unlock their inner leadership forces and become successful, regardless of their title. She is the founder of Success Is Within Leadership; and works with Fortune 500 Companies, SME’s, Management Institutions, Celebrity CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Government officials, and Universities.

I asked her, “What do you see as the single biggest stumbling block for leaders today?”

She related that the biggest stumbling block for leaders is their ability to master their inner competencies or mindset. She went on to share that exceptional leaders think, act, and behave differently than average leaders.

Payal Nanjiani

What Can We Learn

That is so true, but specifically, what does that mean. I believe the first step that exceptional leaders take is making the decision to be GREAT(exceptional) versus just GOOD(Average). In my experience coaching and training leaders, many have not made that decision yet. Many think they are GOOD (in their minds GREAT) and stop improving, developing, and learning. However, being GOOD or GREAT are relative terms that only work when you compare yourself to others within the organization. Exceptional leaders always strive to improve and want to be GREAT at what they do.

The second is acknowledging their blocks and knowing what is stopping them.  I find many suffer from having their biggest block: their “inner voice” telling them that they are not good enough, need more experience, or believe that others are better than them? This stops many in their tracks.

The third is knowing the organization’s expectations and what you may need to upskill or behave differently for that next level? There is a difference moving from grade level to the next level. In some cases, there is a significant jump; the question is, are you aware of the differences, and what else is expected by the organization?

Look and Behave Differently

So, my second question to her was, “What should leaders today focus on with regards to the future?

Payal shared, “leaders will need to look and behave differently; they need to create a culture of excellence to prepare their organization to deliver the best no matter what happens.”

As we all know, the world is changing so rapidly and significantly. We need to have that foundation of excellence for ourselves, our teams, and our organizations. This will allow us to be ready to handle the next disruption that may be around the corner and be aware of the same simple three steps we outlined above; 1) Decide, 2) Acknowledge Blocks, 3) Know Expectations

Leveraging Payal’s expertise and experience, I asked her if she could give leaders one piece of advice on Leadership; what would that be?

“Leadership is all about being unstoppable. We all know we will face problems, but you can overcome them by being unstoppable. Leadership starts and ends with you – so know how to be the best version of yourself for yourself.”

So here are two questions you need to answer: –

What are you going to do to be the best version of yourself in 2021?

How will you remind yourself, your team, or your organization to become unstoppable in the face of future challenges?

Three additional suggestions that could help you build a foundation of excellence with your team or organization: 

  • Create rituals to reinforce this philosophy.
  • Share examples of those who have done it.
  • Celebrate successes to reinforce the behavior.

About the Author

Stephen Krempl
Global Speaker, Facilitator, Best Selling Author and Business Communication Coach