Go First


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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  1. 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.

  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.

  3. 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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