Gain Leadership Skills: Thrive, Don't Just Survive
A leader in a department consisting of 90 employees receives
a mandate to manage a 300% increase in staff and to lead an
unprecedented organizational change. She feels unready to
take on the level of responsibility thrust upon her.
The leader's only interest is to survive.
Gail Fisher discusses with the leader key aspects of her personal,
professional, and organizational life. Together they review
the demands on the leader and divide them into 1) demands
that can be easily met, 2) issues that require insightful
solutions, 3) issues the leader believes are impossible to
Conversations revolve around the self-limiting interpretations
the leader is bringing to her new tasks. Ms. Fisher points
out that as the leader's influence has expanded so has the
level and number of staff she directs. The leader recognizes
she had attracted the attention of senior staff as a result
of her growing assurance, and had earned their trust.
By understanding and exploring both her strengths and what
is difficult for her, the leader begins to focus steadily
on the work that needs to be accomplished. She shows compassion
for her co-workers' tribulations in the process, and her staff
and colleagues recognize her sincere interest. The leader
recognizes that change is occurring collaboratively. She finds
she is thriving, not just surviving.