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A Leader’s Fear of Taking a Stand

So often, individuals shy away from making a major decision or taking on a major initiative because of the potential risk involved. Making a decision to pursue a campaign for public office carries a lot of uncertainty. Studies in motivation indicate that autonomy and competence are key contributions to personal fulfillment. These two attributes alone would benefit an individual when running for office. However, there is a third element to this motivational tri-pod that may be the leg that is keeping capable individuals from becoming a government leader…relationships. People are motivated when building and continually enriching a strong, caring, and supportive organizational community and culture. In the public sector, some may just be biding their time for when one leader leaves and another comes in and implements new strategies and a new way of leading their employees. The leader never obtains the “buy-in” from their employees.

In the book, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do, authors Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller use the word SERVE as an acronym for the five fundamental ways in which every great leader serves. SERVE stands for:

S – See the Future

E – Engage and Develop People

R – Reinvent Continuously

V – Value Results and Relationships

E – Embody the Values

Great leaders – those who lead at a higher level – value both results and relationships. Most leaders believe that they must choose between one or the other. A leader must reflect on whether they are getting the performance and results from those they lead and if their direct reports follow and believe in their mission and strategy for the agency. If a leader can honestly reply yes to both of these questions, they are on the right path for building and maintaining successful relationships.

There are many reasons why fear could creep into a leader’s mind and prevent them from moving forward in accomplishing their mission. Here are a few hurdles that could prevent a manager from moving forward when considering running for public office.

  • They reflect on how others who are running are being treated.
  • They understand not all their decisions will be able to reflect core beliefs.
  • They are concerned they will be tarred when making counter decisions.
  • They realize they will be shunned when declaring unpopular positions.
  • They look at the risks and decide not to take a stand.

I realize that taking a stand could come with negative results. The risk may end up damaging or it may be the best decision you make. We all know that there is a risk in taking a risk, but you’re also taking a huge risk in not taking a risk at all.

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A Situational Approach to Leadership in the Public Sector

Join The Ken Blanchard Companies for a complimentary webinar and online chat beginning today at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (12:00 noon Eastern).

Jim Atwood, Director of Blanchard Government Solutions will be discussing how taking a situational approach to leadership can enhance your ability to effectively manage and develop your people and how that process can increase competence, commitment, and retention of your most talented individuals.

This webinar is free and seats are still available if you would like to join over 800 people expected to participate. Immediately after the webinar, Jim will be answering follow-up questions here at How Gov Leads for about 30 minutes. To participate in the follow-up discussion, use these simple instructions.

Instructions for Participating in the Online Chat

  • Click on the LEAVE A COMMENT link below
  • Type in your question

It’s as easy as that! Jim will answer as many questions as possible in the order they are received. Be sure to press F5 to refresh your screen occasionally to see the latest responses. We hope you can join us later today for this special complimentary event courtesy of Cisco WebEx and The Ken Blanchard Companies.

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