I’ll go first.
As kids, we watch our parents for cues as to what’s safe, what’s off-limits, and what we should stay away from. They go first, so we don’t have to.
They’ll test the food to make sure it isn’t too warm. They’ll look for the monsters under the bed.
As we get older, those cues change or disappear, and the instinct or idea that something is safe, un-scary, or worthy of taking a risk on is not a sure bet…especially in our professional lives.
Leadership and risk
As we grow up and into Leaders, there is a moment when we discover that the very thing we crave…is what we need to create for others.
You say you want safety? Well, work to make things safe for someone else. Want a more joyful work environment? Lead from a place of joy.
We make a conscious decision to complain less about what we don’t see, and create more of what we want to see.
I’ll Go first.
We feel safe when we see others take the risk for us. This sacrifice goes beyond “acting the way you want to feel”. It’s taking responsibility…so that others can succeed. Instead of relying on someone else to go ahead or grant permission, take the stage.
This is not an easy transition. But it starts with a choice. You go first.