What do the following statements have in common?
A. “I can’t do anything about it until they do their job.”
B. “They’re not talented enough.”
C. “Until they get their functional responsibilities right, it will always be this way.”
D. “The market won’t allow us to do that.”
E. “Things won’t change until they start taking accountability.”
The above are not conversations of change. Discussions of leadership, rather, focus on our responsibilities, accountabilities and possibilities.
Hubris, however, doesn’t play that way. It fights to protect an image of who we think we are. But preservation of a reputation is rarely an inspiration to those around us. Besides, if what we did in the past is bigger than what we can do in the future, then demise is certain.
Laugh at the hubris (it’s human, after all). Then play with its nemesis: Uncertainty. And know that this is where you can reveal your greatest leadership character.