“The only way mediocracy can feel close to originality is to suppress other mediocracy.” ~ David Neagle
I wasn’t always a great leader. I was actually a pretty mediocre leader.. and that might be generous. I didn’t know it at the time, I was completely unconscious… I was asleep at the leadership wheel.
Bringing others down…
Often the only thing I could do to make myself feel better was to bring others down to my level. Again, this was all happening unconsciously. I was in interrupter… I was a communicative railroader … And I had an insatiable need to be right! I did not realize that I was doing it… Or the damage that was being done to those around me. Especially not my employees.
“It’s never a climb out of mediocracy. It’s a con game of abuse.” ~ David Neagle
The terrible cycle I was running around in was limiting my own ability and the ability of those around me. I was trying desperately to find my unique authentic self… or at least I thought so… what I ended up realizing is that I was actually working on being superior and my ego was running the show.
“Superiority has no known human terms. The greater love one has one understands everyone.” ~ David Neagle
When my ego was running the show I was not coaching or leading my team to be the best versions of themselves they could be… I was doing the exact opppsite. And I was on an even bigger path to self destruction. I was teaching them that in order to get ahead you must step on other people. Or treat them as if they have something to learn from you. Be above them.
However, what is really true is that when you serve people and you remove the ego amazing things begin to happen. A shift in your life, organization, and in others around you begins and you will feel it in your core. It is a brilliant feeling!
“The desire to know greater … than my ignorant addictions of predictability.” ~ David Neagle
Let go of your ego and of what people might think of you and come from contribution. You will change both internally and externally… your team will shift internally and externally… and the organization will shift internally and externally!
Are you ready to let go of mediocrity and embrace true authenticity and lead by example? Let’s give it a shot! You can always go back to being what you were before you committed to this process! Nothing to lose… jump in!