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Situational Leadership’s Big Mistake (Don’t make it)

Those of you who follow situational leadership will no doubt know one of the biggest and most often made mistakes is to consider someones commitment and directional level in one situation to be the same across all situations.  I made this mistake recently.  And I made it with myself.  My commitment to managing my time and my skill set managing my time are both exceptional.  I require little direction and I have a great enthusiasm. 

However, I don’t have the same level of skill or commitment to managing others’ time.

I discovered I wasn’t committed, I wasn’t enthusiastic, and I didn’t have the skill set I thought I did.  I had made the mistake of assuming I was great at managing others’ time since I was an excellent manager of my time.  I was wrong.  I immediately began seeking insight into my opportunity.  And a side product of being a learner (has anyone discovered that strength?), my side product was my increased excitement as I learned more. 

The lesson is to remember it’s “situational” leadership and “in every instance” leadership. (ha ha)

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2 Responses

  1. HELEN RAYMOND says:

    WHAT READING MATERIAL IS AVAILABLE TO INSTRUCT A HOMELESS PERSON HOW TO TAKE THE STEPS NECESSARY TO FINANCIALLY MANAGE THEIR LIFE? ARE SUCH CLASSES GIVEN IN HOMELESS INSTITUTIONS?

  2. Helen, I do know that some shelters offer considerable financial advising to homeless persons. Also, many shetlers offer career counseling, health and diet, social counseling among many other benefits. I’ve always thought it would be a great shelter that incorporated more professional volunteers. I have friends in the fashion, hospitality, and financial industries that would love to spend a few hours a week helping in this way. Perhaps a coordinator of these volunteer services is lacking at your local shelter. Check it out.

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