As part of my new Profiles in Leadership Series, I asked several writers with different points of view on leadership to pen essays. Here is the first of those essays, written by the excellent Alison Battye, a UK-based therapist living in the Kent countryside. Ali normally writes about gardening and mindfulness on her blog The Mindful Gardener. Recently, she accepted a leadership position for the first time in her career–a move that surprised even her. Why now? She explains.
April 22, 2019
If I had seen a series on leadership a couple of years ago, I’m not sure I would have read it.
Why? Because I didn’t see myself as a leader.
I have just started in a leadership role, so I must be a leader.
I am saying this quietly, in case anyone hears. I am a leader.
Where does this resistance to leadership come from? I know I have important ideas. I know that I can encourage others to share their ideas, including those who are most reticent. I know that I am good at coaching others. I know that I can inspire, and that what I say can be influential.
So why am I shy about describing myself as a leader? Continue reading “Profiles in Leadership | Why Does Leadership Embarrass Me?”