The threat of looking stupid

Top three things I learned about Leadership in 2011

#3 The threat of looking stupid

In 2011 I had this crazy idea that I wanted to try to train and coach regardless of who received it.  So I took the risk of trying to put something together that would help others who are passionate about the same thing I am and put it on the internet for all to see.  I enjoyed the process of reflection and coaching so much that the idea became a four day a week blog.  I had been feeling the tension that resources exist to coach more people but few in my generation are using the blogging platform so I just decided to leap.  My generation is hesitant to blog because we didn't grow up in a social media generation.  We didn't have pictures on Facebook for everyone to see and if we disliked someone we kept in our head and not in Twitter update.  Therefore we are not accustomed to putting thoughts out in front of audience we can't see because we like to control what people think of us.

This blog was never about a size of audience (Quick shout out to my average 30 readers!), it was about making sure I created space to think creatively.  This might have been my best year as a leader practicing the art of reflection.  I can not post something on the blog that I don't believe or haven't spent time evaluating through critical thinking.  After all, as a leader the last thing you want is to look stupid.  I've learned this year that as leaders we need the pause button (Space for reflection) but we also need the play button (Taking risk).  So 2011, thanks for teaching me a leadership lesson about reflecting and risking.

Did you learn any leadership lessons through reflecting and risking this year?