Woes of leadership are also cropping up outside The Beltway. Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, is admitting he needs leadership help after a viral video website:
…To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement. My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away.
It’s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we’ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.
The video is damning to Kalanick’s leadership style. Rather than seizing the opportunity to engage with his employee, Kalanick reverts to belittling and yelling expletives at him. His company’s culture has also been struggling with a toxic work environment and sexual harassment allegations. Critics say Kalanick only has himself to blame.
Of late, watching leadership play out in the media is like watching a soap opera with no plot. It’s a show about squabbling egos that create mass confusion. These are struggling leaders and very few cry for help.
Every leader has a moment when their finger is pressing the ‘panic’ button. But, what makes a struggling boss into a great leader is an individual willing to “lead from within”.
Sit with us for a moment. Let us show you what you’ll need when it’s your finger on the button.
We’re about to open the Beyond Business Training toolbox. Every company (including the one called “the United States”) has struggles and issues with leadership. Here’s what we mean by “lead from within”:
It doesn’t matter what issue is unfolding. A leader uses emotional intelligence and cognitive abilities to function more effectively. That means being able to step back and ask the right questions—including of yourself.
It’s a type of self-awareness that ushers in self-management. Imagine having the ability to effectively manage your thoughts, emotions and reactions appropriately at the right time, in the right way, with the right person.
In our Beyond Business Training we help you develop these skills. It’s your self-awareness that will get you and your business through conflict as you “lead from within”.
Our Productive Learning Founding Father, Lindon Sr., believes that we have the capacity to think and respond in diverse ways that can create far more opportunities and direction in our lives. But it has to be developed and willfully sought. (BTW…he’s teaching more on this topic in our fabulous course Extraordinary Thinking in China—China!!)
To be a leader you must train like one. You must seize an amazing opportunity to grow into the best person you can be. Join the Beyond Business Training and become part of a tribe of leaders who evolve together.
A breakdown of communication and cohesion in any company is bound to happen at one point or another. All you can do is be prepared with the right tools to mend the broken lines.