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Classic Roadblocks of Dominant High-Impact Leaders

Dominant and driven leaders – I know this territory well.

Confession time: I've been in those shoes, barreling forward with a contagious enthusiasm and a relentless focus on results.

There's no question it can be powerful.

But after years of working with strong-willed leaders, the truth becomes clear: dominance isn't the only path to high impact.

My notes from countless coaching sessions reveal consistent patterns.

These are the most frequent roadblocks dominant leaders encounter.

They can unintentionally hold you and your team back:

  • You might not see the roadblocks you create. Your fast pace and constant pivots can leave slower-moving team members struggling to keep up. Communicate clearly, set achievable deadlines, and ditch the erratic course corrections.

  • You tend to be defensive. The urge to blame, deny, and defend can shut down valuable conversation. Your hot temper doesn't impress anyone. In fact, it damages you and your reputation. Instead, embrace open dialogue and be receptive to feedback.

  • You micromanage out of fear, so much for being a “strong-willed” leader. Resist the urge to solo everything and take over because you’re afraid. Empower your team, leverage their strengths, and foster participation.

  • You are competitive, but not everyone is like you. Recognize that some team members may be motivated by factors beyond constant growth and competition.

  • You can be intimidating. Your explosive energy and passion can be infectious, but it can also be intimidating. Turn down the volume; it doesn't make you stronger. It just pushes people away. Effective communication requires balance and patience.

  • You need self-awareness. Recognize how you show up in conversations. Your intensity affects team performance. A calm, poised, and centered leader inspires a calm team, leading to better decisions and results.


The Power of Self-Awareness and Pause

So, dominant leader, are you starting to recognize yourself in these tendencies?

The good news is, these aren't limitations – they're growth opportunities. The key to high-impact leadership lies in self-awareness.

Self-awareness isn't about becoming passive or shrinking your personality. 

It's about creating a pause in the heat of the moment.

It's about recognizing your triggers—that surge of competitiveness, the urge to micromanage, and the defensive reaction.

In that pause, you have a powerful choice: react with the old patterns or consciously choose a new approach.

This isn't about becoming someone else. It's about harnessing your natural strengths—your drive, passion, and decisiveness—and channeling them to inspire and empower your team.

It's about understanding how your actions and behaviors impact those around you.

Self-awareness is the bridge between dominance and high impact.

So, take a deep breath, strong-willed leader, and take a self-awareness inventory.

Consider the situations you encounter most often. How do you typically show up? What impact does it have?

Pause and choose a different response.

By understanding your triggers and consciously choosing your responses, you can become a leader who truly elevates everyone around you.


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