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Leadership: The New Scarcity by Nathan Austin

Leadership: The New Scarcity by Nathan Austin

When the bell rings, line up in a straight line. No talking. Follow the rules. Don’t question, just obey. Colour inside the lines. Raise your hand. Speak only when spoken to.

The system has indoctrinated our thinking and our behaviour.

We’ve been programmed to fit in, to follow the rules and not to question. We were taught that obedience, compliance and conformity were expected at school and work (you were probably even promoted or rewarded because of them).

But, the world has changed.

In fact, it continues to change faster than many of us realise or anticipate.

In the new world of work obedience, compliance and fitting in just won’t cut it anymore.

So, what is the alternative?

Leadership!

Many of us might be tempted into thinking that leadership is a title or a position. This is not the case. Leadership is less about the title, designation or rank that we hold, and it has more to do with our attitude, behaviour and our ability to add value and make a difference.

Leadership is how we influence and connect with those around us. It is not always easy. Sometimes it’s hard and that’s why it is so scarce, but it is available to all of us.

 

By Nathan Austin

 

Personal Leadership by Nathan Austin

Personal Leadership by Nathan Austin

Something mysterious happens on the 1st January, every year. As the clock strikes midnight and as the fireworks explode, we get caught up in the frenzy and excitement of a New Year. A new beginning. A clean slate.

In that moment, we suddenly feel the urge to commit.

We commit to becoming better versions of ourselves. We commit to going to the gym. We commit to being better partners. We tell ourselves that we will be more positive this year. We even commit to starting that diet that we have been promising ourselves (this probably happens every Monday morning!).

We commit. We promise. We pledge. Then sadly, we forget.

For the majority, come mid-January, those promises and commitments become a distant memory and we allow ourselves to slip back into our old habits, old behaviours and the same old, familiar routines.

Wow, that’s depressing!

If you are tired of feeling the same way (probably the same way that you have felt for several years), learn to make and keep promises to yourself on a daily basis!

Something powerful happens to us when we commit and then act on that commitment. We start the process of growing our self-image which ultimately becomes the human thermostat- it regulates our performance as individuals.

The good news is that you don’t have to wait until the 1st January. Commit. Act. Do it now!

By Nathan Austin

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