While I won’t argue that lack of character has brought down more good leaders than just about anything, I would say insecurity runs a very close second. An insecure leader is a dangerous leader.
Insecurity can torment the most gifted of leaders. It will make you…
doubt instead of trust
criticize instead of praise
protect instead of risk
assume the worst instead of the best
talk instead of listen
micromanage instead of empower
control instead of surrender
In the end it will erode your effectiveness and leave you useless and powerless. Your worst nightmare will become a reality as you look around to discover that no longer is anyone following you.
What does your insecurity look like when it raises its ugly head?
Pete Wilson recently posted this on his blog. He's right. Though I have to say that, judging from the list below, insecurity looks pretty indistinguishable from lack of character. Is it possible to have character and let insecurity rule you?