Leadership Series - Part 1

How leadership effectiveness gives you the edge you need

This is the first in a series of posts that tackle the most misunderstood and under utilized skill in business environments. Leadership is influence and the difference between being good and great.

You’ve done your homework and you’ve put a plan together. You put in the effort, and you put in a little bit more. The first couple of milestones arrive on schedule, but the next one is a bit tougher. After a while, it seems like nothing you’re doing is making any difference. You’ve hit a plateau, and you can’t seem to move forward. Sounds familiar? If there’s nothing wrong with the plan, then you need to take a hard and close look at what is actually keeping you down. Here at Stratascension, we call it the Lid.

What is The Lid?

Imagine a jar. All that you are able to achieve is contained in that jar. You can fill that jar with all your successes to the brim, and that is your limit because the Lid sits on top of that jar and it is stopping you from filling that jar with more successes. So, how do you get rid of this limitation? By raising the Lid.

Everyone has a Lid. And, there are several reasons why that Lid is where it is. The good news is that there are several ways to raise that Lid so that good fortune and success overflows the jar.

What is My Lid?

Simply put, your Leadership Ability is your Lid. You’re probably thinking, “I’m just a cog in the wheel. All I’m trying to do is toe the company line and bring home the bacon. I’ll never be CEO, so what do I need Leadership Ability for?”

Leadership is not just about leading others, and it’s definitely not about a fancy title on the organizational chart. It’s about leading a life of significant. It’s about helping you to get the most out of each day and realizing your potential. If you’ve been pushing yourself hard and wondering why you’re not getting anywhere, the Law of the Lid may hold the answer you seek.

“But, I’m not leadership material!”

“I don’t want to be front and center!” “I kinda like it where I am."

"I don't have any control over who becomes a leader in my company.”

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, and they don’t always have the corner office or the penthouse view. They are not always the glamorous one or the smartest one. A lot of times, you’ll find them sitting at the next desk from you in the office. The person you go to when you can’t talk to your boss about a problem, the person you all look to instinctively when you hear about some company change or policy - that’s a Leader.

Leaders inspire others to move in the same direction towards the same goal. Leaders are able to get the kind of results and achievements out of themselves and the people around them. That’s because leaders start with themselves first. Then, they share it with others. Right now, though, all you have to do is focus on yourself.

Take a look at the diagram below:

On the left, you see “Success WITHOUT Leadership”. Even though the Success Dedication, or Desire to Succeed, is high, the effectiveness level is low because your Leadership Ability is low.