Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. – Benjamin Franklin
I have the privilege each year to work with some of the greatest business, philanthropic and faith leaders in the nation. It is clear almost every leader and organization I’ve encountered no matter the sphere of influence is concerned with growth, whether they are growing their team, their resources or their product, they are faced with the challenges of growing. In the season of growth, most are committing one or more mistakes that are stifling their progress. Often times, leaders aren’t even aware of the point of breakdown.
If you are pursuing growth in your leadership or within your teams, take a quick inventory and make sure none of these characteristics are slowing you down. 7 attributes that prevent growth:
- Focus on the past. Past results do not indicate future performance – whether you found success in the past or not. Resting on past successes can breed laziness and complacency. Focusing on past failures will keep you from making brave choices about your future. Who you were is not who you will or should be – organizationally or personally.
- Self-centered. In today’s world, consumers want to partner with companies who focus on customers and on social responsibility, not just on profits. You can’t treat people like slot machines and expect to build a customer base that will support your future growth.
- Quarrel. No one says, “I want to spend my time, my money and my future with people who are constantly squabbling.” As a leader, you can’t allow your teams or those outside of your organization to rob you of peace and unity with constant criticism or bickering. Like negativity, you must put a stop to it before it becomes a contagion in your tribe.
- Good is the enemy of great. There are very few phrases that make me physically cringe, one of them being, “That’s good enough.” Good is the enemy of great. When you are comfortable with being good, you kill the desire and ambition to push yourself to be great. Good enough will never lead to great growth.
- Average. Don’t dream of being average. One of the fastest ways to kill your growth is to run in the middle of the pack. By being average, you will never be able to attract and retain the kind of top talent that will propel your mission to the next level. Highly talented individuals do not want to be part of your average team.
- Fickle. People want to know what you stand for and where you’re going. If you want to hinder growth in your organization, be unstable or wishy-washy in your values. You won’t find greatness by sitting on the fence – you must plant your flag and wholeheartedly pursue your beliefs.We live in an incredibly collaborative culture and any organization keeping people out is failing – fast. Click To Tweet
- Barriers. If you want to grow, you have to fling your doors wide open and let others in. We are living in an incredibly collaborative culture + any organization based on the premise of keeping people out is failing – fast. Think about country club memberships or other private clubs, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past because there are barriers to entry based on socioeconomic status, gender, you name it. If you want to pursue growth, tear down the barriers.
Question: Which of these things do you most resonate with? Do you recognize things in your organization or leadership that are killing your growth?