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A Leader in Your Own Mind

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by John Austin in Behavior change, Leadership

If you ask me, I’d say I’m a cyclist. I’ve cycled for years, and it makes me feel great. I love the sport and bikes.

But, if you looked at the data, you’d see a different picture.

My running miles are over 100/month and my cycling miles are near 0, making me a great cyclist only in my own mind!

Interesting that my self-image has not changed, even though the data has.

Does that mean I’ve stopped being a cyclist? Yes and no.

Sure, I still like to cycle, but when given the chance today, I CHOOSE to run.

This makes me wonder how many of you have a self-image of being a leader…and how many have data on whether the required critical behaviors are happening or not.

The ONLY reason I have data on running and biking is my watch is very fancy and reliable. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Fitbit or Garmin for leaders.

If you stop doing the key behaviors, how would you know? Are you a leader in your own mind? Wouldn’t it be far superior to be a leader in the minds of your followers?

My first prof in behavioral science at University of Notre Dame, Dr. Chris Anderson used to say “Without data, you’re just another schmuck with an opinion.”

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