Michael Quinn Kaiser is a results-oriented executive leader who’s worked at an executive level for various companies in his career. He’s had success in formulating winning strategies and executing plans to completion, in the process helping organizations achieve their objectives. Like most successful leaders, however, he’s also faced various challenges that have shaped his leadership style and abilities.
Leaders are constantly presented with challenges that, for the many, provide an opportunity to rise to the next level, improve on abilities, and demonstrate that it’s possible to accomplish goals that may seem impossible. These challenges can come from three levels: internal, coming from within the leader; external, coming from the environment; and those stemming from the nature of the role.
While leadership presents the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities, it can also expose your shortcomings. In many cases, leaders have to overcome these weaknesses to inspire confidence. Displaying fear, insecurity, intolerance, lack of trust and impatience can impede your growth as a leader. At the same time, acknowledging these and working towards overcoming them can turn even an average leader into a successful one.
It’s quite difficult at times for people who see themselves as leaders to admit they have personality traits that stand in the way of accomplishing their goals. Part of real leadership is accepting the reality of these weaknesses and working to change them.
In an organization, a leader has to grapple with external challenges such as opposition from other members, lack of adequate resources, and less than ideal working conditions, just to mention a few. It’s hard to imagine a leader not facing obvious issues of some sort on a regular basis. To some extent, the measure of a good leader is how they deal with the constant succession of challenges that threaten the accomplishment of goals. If they can find solutions, resolve conflict and take advantage of opportunities, many of these external issues become hardly noticeable.
Issues arising from leadership
Becoming a great leader demands a lot from you. You are responsible for setting the pace, articulating the organization’s mission and vision, and often the representative to the rest of the world. In addition to these (and many other) responsibilities, leaders have to motivate others, themselves and be enthusiastic about their role.
Michael Quinn Kaiser works with 2MQ Risk Management Consulting, which specializes in risk and insurance management needs in corporate and multi-national settings.