Closing the Gap: The journey from the you of today to the best you of the future

I am a definite fan of Dr. Bret Simmons – not only because he is an engaging and inspired teacher, but because he never stops learning.  In his recent blog, he discusses creative tension, an uncomfortable feeling that results from the gap between who you are right now and who you want to be.   It is a widely accepted concept that most people do not leverage this feeling to reach or stretch their potential, but instead prefer to ignore the difference (the gap) in order to feel better about themselves in the here and now.

Unfortunately, ignoring the gap for the short term, “fuzzy feeling” it creates, only prolongs the inevitable.  The natural leader seeks out that uncomfortable space, that creative tension, knowing it will change them, knowing it will challenge them to be a better version of themselves. Growth is uncomfortable and can even be painful sometimes, but you get out what you put into the process.  This willingness to be in uncertain territory and use the experience to increase ones knowledge about oneself, is key to leading others.  If you are not willing to be uncomfortable in order to grow, then you will have zero credibility and experience to draw from when others around you are struggling with their own creative tension. The only way to engage, inspire and motivate your peers and your direct reports is to have walked the path yourself and have the scars to show for it.

A leaders learning never ends.

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~ by nicolelynnott on July 23, 2010.

One Response to “Closing the Gap: The journey from the you of today to the best you of the future”

  1. This looks great Nicole!

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