7 Signs You’re An Insecure Leader (And How to Overcome It)

When you get to know leaders fairly well on a personal level, you realize that a surprising number admit to being insecure.

In fact, insecurity has been a battle for me over the years. I don’t know whether you ever completely overcome it, but understanding how it works and what to do about it can really help.

In fact, knowing whether you’re insecure is critical to effective leadership. After all, self-awareness is half the battle to realizing your capacity as a leader.

The irony, of course, is that even if you’re not aware of your insecurity, everyone around you likely  suspects it. At a minimum, they live with the aftereffects every day (read the signs below…trust me…people close to you see them in you).

So why not be honest with yourself?

Not only will you become a more secure person, but your organization will benefit—not to mention your family and friends.


7 Signs You’re an Insecure Leader

When I look inside of myself and around at others, here are 7 signs that tell me a leader is struggling with insecurity:


Top 10 Ways Leaders Waste Time (And 10 Time Hacks to Help You)

When was the last time you complained about not having enough to do and more than enough time to do it in?


Almost every leader I know struggles with finding the time to get it all done.

I do too.

So what helps? And what hurts?

One of the best things you can do is have an honest conversation with yourself about how you waste time.

I’m going to assume you’re not gaming when you should be working, but there are other more insidious ways that time slips away.

Any idea what your time wasters are? And even if you do, any idea how to fix them?

Here’s some practical help.



The Top 10 Time Wasters and Time Hacks

So because this is a post on time management, let’s cut to the chase and outline the Top 10 ways leaders waste time and 10 time hacks that can help.

While this isn’t a scientific list, I know this is how I waste time if I’m not careful and they’re patterns I’ve seen in working with many leaders over the years.

All of these are common struggles, and the good news is there are relatively easy solutions.


3 Easy Ways To Tell Who You Can Trust In Leadership

So who can you trust…I mean really trust in leadership?

You’ve trusted people you thought you could trust, only to be disappointed or get burned (sometimes badly).

You’ve decided not to trust someone, only to realize you were wrong and he or she was completely trustworthy, and you missed a great opportunity to grow your team.

The stakes are high.

Put an untrustworthy person in a position of influence, and they can do a lot of damage fast.

Misjudge trust, and you will never have the team you need to lead you into a better future.

So…is it possible to tell in advance who you can trust?

I believe you can.



3 Easy Ways to Tell Who You Can Trust In Leadership

So I imagine you’re thinking…seriously, there are easy ways to know how to trust someone?

Well, yes and no.

It’s taken me almost two decades in leadership to figure out a pattern of trust that’s accurate most of the time.

But once you learn the patterns, it’s easy to use.

Is it absolutely foolproof? No, but it’s proven to be a very reliable guide.

So with that said, here are 3 easy ways to tell who you can trust in leadership. I’ve framed it in the form of 3 questions:


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