The LAMEness of Leadership Development

When developing ourselves as leaders, unfortunately there are learning moments we miss like peripheral wisps of smoke.

And then there's yesterday at 10:47 a.m.

Weeks of meticulous planning, promotion and preaching a new way to deliver on behalf of a client, and then poof -- technical failure and poor contingency planning calls for an immediate decision.

Kill the project or forge ahead -- a split-second decision that has to be made, for better or for worse. A semi-rational decision that's emotionally driven made from the "gut" because of the situational duress (I'm reading How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer, fascinating book).

Decision made. Consequences dealt with.

Because of our good friends and clients like Glowan, Impact Achievement Group, TRACOM, RealTime Performance and LeadershipIQ, along with the leadership folk I follow like Dan McCarthy, Jason Seiden, Jane Purdue, Steve Roesler and Wally Bock, I understand the importance of mindful presence on every leadership decision made, every employee engaged, every client project delivered, every logistic and task completed.

And every failure that's needed to further development and triumphant successes.

I say needed because I'm a big believer in the fact that, without it -- failure -- as leaders we'd never develop the capacity to:

You know, the LAMEness of Leadership Development.

Big fail spectacularly day yesterday -- and the bigger the fail the bigger the lesson -- especially when you're paying attention.

We've all had them. We all need more LAMEness.

So after all this, why am I channeling Gloria Estefan?

Because for those of you who know me, it's like that.

Turn the beat around, love to hear percussion. Turn it upside down, love to hear percussion. Love to hear it.

Post by Kevin W. Grossman (join me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn - and now join HRmarketer on Twitter!)

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