If we follow our instincts all the time when leading people, we’re likely to run into trouble at some point.
The problem is that we’re wired to protect ourselves, and we can be consumed with the “fight or flight” response that can cloud our judgement.
While this response has helped us survive and thrive over many thousands of years, in the modern workplace it can hold us back.
In this episode, I look at some leadership situations where doing the opposite of what your natural instincts tell you might be exactly what you need to do!
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I always enjoy Ben’s articles and podcasts! As a mentor of a large number of first-time leaders, and peer supporter of other long-time leaders, I find the content welcome additions to any leader’s tool box. The first thing I recommend to others is Ben’s “Thoughtful Leader” – the topics are always relevant and easy to digest. The same is true for this one on doing the opposite of what you’re inclined to do. As Ben points out – the brain science supports this tendency – and it can feel like the “safe” thing to do a lot of the time. Ben’s suggestions are solid and easily implemented. I have a visual in my office that says: “Respond vs. React – a mindful difference” which provides me a much needed reminder to take a breath before I act. Thank you Ben – wonderful and easily digestible as always!
Thank you Michelle – appreciate the kind words and glad you find the articles and podcasts useful!