A coaching client told me once that he spent the last three years trying to undo and repair the past of his team, a past that he was not even part of it.
That made me think of how often we get stuck in the past and somehow miss the present and the future. This is valid for both leaders and employees. It often happens because leaders try to compensate and accommodate the team for something that we don’t have control of any more or the team never managed to have a proper closure with past events.
Being stuck in the past as a leader can be detrimental to your team and your organisation. It can prevent you from being able to lead your team and make strategic decisions that will propel your organisation forward.
If we go back to the case of my client – he was feeling guilty for disturbance and conflict caused by someone else and was trying to cure wounds that turned into scars already.
Getting stuck in the past can remain unnoticed for a long and as another client shared with me – the danger is that while we are trying to heal from the past we still must go through the present and the future- and they both are not easy to sail through.
It can be difficult to recognise when you are stuck in the past, and even harder to break free and focus on the present and the future.
Watch out for these signs:
If you recognised any of these signs, it may be time to take a step back and reassess your leadership approach.
Bonus Tip – Seek professional help: Sometimes, it can be difficult to identify and overcome obstacles on your own. Reach out to a therapist or coach who can help you to identify patterns in your thinking and behaviour and develop strategies to overcome them.
In these stressful times, being aware of your thoughts and reactions can have real benefits.
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