As a leader do you sense that despite a strong 'Inner Drive' you are missing something in the workplace?
Your drive - your strong desire to achieve your goals and results fuels your energy, it gives you momentum.
As a driven person, you are probably seen as a passionate leader in the workplace who is resilient in the face of challenges and is even bullish for results. You even come across as hard-working and committed.
Yet you may find that the results you truly seek are evading you and people are not scaling up to your expectations. This puts you in reactive mode in the workplace and your stress levels are running high.
Why is this so?
You may be in danger of your drive being imbalanced and overused, thus working against you instead of for you.
Five reasons why leaders with a strong drive can face challenges in the workplace
Leaders who balance their passion and inner drive with effective people skills and a shared purpose create the best results in the workplace.
Who you are on the inside drives you on the outside.
Internal forces play an equally important role as outside forces such as rewards to propel us forward in life.
Internal forces comprise our values, beliefs and emotions.
We can be driven by our values such as recognition, power, ambition, accomplishment etc. Our core values and key experiences form our beliefs that direct us forward.
Similarly, our emotions too are important drivers. We can be driven by anticipation, anger, insecurity, happiness at being admired etc.
Some questions you can ask yourself to enhance your understanding of yourself are:
Combine your understanding of yourself as a leader with how people see you in the workplace to mitigate your risks.
Start with seeking feedback from your teams on your people skills and how you impact others to open any blind spots.
Here are some additional steps you can take to mitigate the risk of being an overdriven leader.
‘Drive’ is an essential ingredient for leadership success; It is like a car that takes you to your endpoint.
If you drive rashly, ignoring important signals your drive will be a bumpy one. Moreover, If you are alone there will be no one to help you navigate through the rough points and there is a strong chance you may not reach your destination.
But if you choose to drive calmly, with ease and stop intermittently to enjoy your journey, you will experience higher levels of fulfilment and joy as you move towards your goals.
If you take people with you as your co-passengers, you will be able to navigate through challenges more easily. Your journey is richer and more rewarding.
“Life is not a matter of intensity, but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”
Enhance Your Self Awareness through the following assessments:
Core Drivers, Hogan Personality Assessments