Have you ever noticed how hard it is to smell yourself? On Saturday, I was reminded of this fact.
It happened several miles into my race when I was passed by some guy from Oregon. Let’s just say, he was ripe.
It occurred to me that bad leaders are usually the last to smell themselves. And we all know that it “stinks” to be down wind from a bad leader.
I have to admit, there are times when I am the last one to recognize my flaws. The truth is, my weaknesses bother others a lot more than they bother me.
The only way to stay “fragrant” as a leader is to keep pursuing integrity and to ruthlessly work on your self-leadership.
If there are places in your leadership where you have been taking shortcuts, it is time to come clean.
And if you are in doubt, maybe it is time to ask those who are following you? You know, the one’s who are holding their noses.
Why do you think bad leaders are usually the last to know?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.