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Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Do you ever feel like a fish out of water?

I was just talking to someone (let’s call her Sara) who is struggling in her first leadership role. A few months ago she was a colleague. Now she is “the boss.”

Quoting one of my favorite leadership guru’s, John C. Maxwell in his book “How Successful People Lead,” he presents 5 levels of leadership. The first level is Position: People follow you because they have to.

Even though I write and speak on my own leadership strategies, I always recommend this book. When speaking, I often carry around one of my copies (I own 3) and show the notes, tabbed pages and highlights from the various points in my career where I read it with fresh eyes.

I had Sara read this book, and then I asked her what level she was at.

“I don’t think I am even to level 1. I have been trying so hard to be a friend that I haven’t even worked on being a leader. I feel like a fraud.”

I found a trail of Goldfish crackers yesterday. The symbolism was too great to pass up. We have all felt out of place. Unsure and uncertain. Like a fraud.

Sara’s honestly speaks volumes to her potential as a leader, and I told her as much.

We’ve all been there. She’ll get there. She’s ready to look in the mirror. Make adjustments. And start swimming.

About the author, Michael

I am an executive leader, sales trainer, and author, with over 25 years of experience delivering motivational speeches and training sessions to audiences worldwide. I have a unique range of experience, from my beginnings as a Catholic school teacher to managing hundreds of people and hundreds of millions of dollars as Vice President of US Sales for two global medical device companies.

In 2016, I published my first book, Tell Me More, to share my leadership mantra. Through a strategy of active listening and observational questioning, we become better leaders, better sales people, and we can deliver on phenomenal customer experiences. Through this podcast, we’ll see how the Tell Me More process is at work in the business world today.

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