Leadership theories and your team's success is often determined by your Leadership Limit.
Leadership theories aren’t something we find only in Business School textbooks. We all deal with various leadership theories every day in the workplace. One that especially addresses you and your leadership ability is your Leadership Lid or Leadership Limit. This leadership theory can be a bit touchy as it may make some leaders nervous or uncomfortable. That’s ok! Real, genuine growth often involves discomfort. I guarantee, if you make a personal commitment to look honestly at your own Leadership Limit, you and your organization will benefit in ways you might never have imagined.
You may be familiar with the term Leadership Lid, as it was coined by my mentor, John Maxwell. He described a person’s leadership ability is the lid that determines their level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his or her potential. The higher the individual’s ability to lead, the higher the lid on his or her potential. Your leadership ability determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your team or organization.
Yikes! See why I said this leadership theory can create a good deal of discomfort? That’s a lot of pressure, right?!
That may be a question no one wants to look at terribly closely, but I would argue that if you honestly examine your Leadership Limit, and then commit to expanding your capacity to be an effective leader, your team will benefit, your company will benefit, and ultimately, you will benefit. Take a deep breath, I’m right here with you to help. It’s really not that scary.
Best of all, the beauty of working to raise your Leadership Limit is that you can improve your leadership efforts in your organization, your family, your civic involvement, your place of worship, etc. This improvement will span across all aspects of your life in a holistic way. It is the ripples in the pond effect. If you are truly willing to be open minded and learn about yourself and your leadership ability, the world is your oyster.
Remember, you’re not in this alone, I understand this can be an unsettling question to dive into, and I am here to help. I’d love to chat with you to discuss how you can increase your Leadership Limit and move to a place of limitless leadership ability. Until next time, be well.