The Hump

Leading is hard. 

The hardest part isn’t the dealing with other people. Or the time involved. Or managing the expectations of others. Or knowing everything. 

No, the hardest part is dealing with your own self doubts. The nagging thoughts of “why am I qualified to lead?” “I don’t know what I’m doing.” “I’m terrible at this.”

Few realize that getting over that hump is the last step before you can start to be a great leader. They’re so close yet they feel so far away from it. And when they look at others, their peers and mentors who are deemed “great”, they’re actually not that far away. Those people just made it over that hump. 

There is no magic formula for getting over it. Just hard work, introspection, feedback from others, and determination.

I’m still staring at the hump. But I’m also still climbing.

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John Higley

John Higley

I'm a software developer, working remotely from Richland, WA, working on solving the many issues of managing financial services products on the web. I'm fascinated by the user experience of web sites and applications and read way more than I should. Working on effectively sharing knowledge and ideas has become a recent, but burning, passion.

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  • Becca Lingley

    As a casual observer, I’d say you’ve hit the summit. You’re a great leader, John. The educational nerd in me would say you’ve gone beyond transformational to level 5 leadership.

  • Thanks Becca!