Go First

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Go first.

The action of going first is to take a leap of faith. It is putting yourself out there. Making yourself vulnerable. Taking a calculated risk.

Going first is summoning up the courage to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.

This means putting your inner fears aside. It means not caring what others around you will think. (You can’t please everyone all the time.)

In Leadership, going first means you set the example. You walk the talk. You are the first person to admit when you make a mistake.

It also means that when you’re building trust in teams, that you Go First. Be the first to place your trust in your team – that they know what they are doing. Trust that the people around you have the skills and abilities to get the job done.

In Leadership Going First also means that you are the first to extend a hand and help others around you. You are constantly asking others “How can I help you?”

Is Going First easy?

No. But waiting for others to reach out to you creates success in waiting.

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.” – Louise E. Boone

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7 comments

  1. allipolin – Australia – Founder & CEO of Break the Frame, LLC I am an Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, Trainer, Team Builder, and Speaker from Northern Virginia currently living in the Australian Outback.
    Alli Polin says:

    Right on, Chantal! Leaders go first – even when it’s scary, unknown and risky. Leaders don’t push people into a fire that they’re unwilling to walk through themselves.

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thank you Alli for you comment! So true…leaders have to be willing to walk over the hot coals themselves.

  2. Chantal fantastic post! LEADERS DO GO FIRST that is what makes them leaders!
    Leaders take the first step towards impossible which makes things possible for others.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
      Chantal Bechervaise says:

      Thanks Lolly! Appreciate and value your input.

  3. Chantal Bechervaise – Outaouais Region - Canada – I blog about everything surrounding the world of work and how it intersects with personal life. Topics include: HR, Leadership, Social Media, Technology, Work-Life Balance, Employee Engagement, Workplace Culture and Achieving Success and Happiness. It is all about your own personal balance and what is appropriate for you. I also love the outdoors and reconnecting with nature.
    Chantal Bechervaise says:

    Wow! That’s fantastic! Please let me know how it goes.

  4. Steve Borek – Baldwinsville, NY – Since we're all going to die, what do you want to do with the time between now and when that day comes? I'm an Executive and Leadership Coach who works with clients worldwide. My firm is End Game Business. Work with me. The people you lead will be raving fans. Your customers will say they'd be out of their minds to do business with anyone but you. My professional coaching certifications are PCC, BCC, and CUCG. I've coached over 275 people, over 2K hours, in a half dozen countries. What's your end game?
    Steve Borek says:

    There are lots of leaders out there. They’re followers who know what needs to be done yet hang in the background. They’re afraid to step up. Scared people will challenge them. Laugh at them.

    Speak up. Step out. Guess what. Once you say the obvious, the others will be thinking “I was thinking the same thing! I should have spoken up.”

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