One very common trait of high-performing leaders, I’ve noticed and actually done myself in the past, is not asked for help, when it was really needed. Not reached out when it was vital to do so. It’s a hard learnt lesson, that didn’t serve me and something I practice what I preach now.
Commonly it’s because we’ve been taught to ‘just deal with it’, to suck it up, push through and tough it out. Which does to a degree work… albeit to the detriment of our relationships, health and happiness.
It’s important to be ok with asking for help.
As conversation starters to say:
- I need a hand
- Can I have some help please?
- Do you have a minute?
- Can we talk when you’ve got 5?
- Any chance you can help when you’re done?
- How about we lock in lunch or a call soon?
Help can look and feel differently for everyone. We all have different needs.
For some it might be more fact based around what’s needed, required, useful and helpful. For others its emotion based around ‘feeling’ significant, appreciated, validated, acknowledged, heard and being connected with others.
How do you go at asking for help? Have you improved your muscle at asking for help in the last few months? Or is it something you’re reluctant to do?
For some leaders it’s because they don’t want to ‘appear to not know it all, or have their S$#@ together’, so they hide, cover it up and mask how they’re really feeling.
Please ensure if you’re leading a team, running a business or head of a community, that you have your network ‘friends, family, mentors and coach’ to support you. To help you when you have those down days, challenging times, to help you celebrate the wins and sort out the problems.
Please always be OK to ask for help.
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