Let´s face it, I experienced the fear of an empty paper – often called as writer´s block – when starting to write this piece. I had no idea as to where to start or what to say. So, after stumbling for a while, I thought of writing about the block. According to Wikipedia, “writer´s block” is a condition, most often associated with writing, in which an author or a journalist loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. This condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas or being unable to produce a work – sometimes for years.
I ran into Ritu Mehrish book where she talks about Leader´s block. It is a new term for temporary challenges leader´s go through during their career. Just like writer´s block, leader´s block is a condition in which a leader experiences a creative slowdown, feeling uninspired and demotivated, unable to perform at his/her best.
Leader´s block can be compared to being out of shape in sports. It´s a phase where a sportsperson isn´t able to perform to the best of his or hers abilities. That often happens after having an injury or such. What happens? They take time out, practice, recuperate and come back refreshed and recharched. It is totally normal in sports world.
So, why is it a taboo for leaders to say that I´m not at my best? Especially it is not uncommon that the leader may experience low self-esteem, lack of focus and inability to make good decisions. According to Mehrish we all go through that phase during our careers.
What surprised me most was the fact that this occurs in most cases among senior leaders. Mehrish explains that the reason is that at that point of their career, a leader feels he/she is so experienced that one shouldn´t ask for help. One of the reasons is also that the scenarios they face are more and more complex, but they feel they should be able to tackle them. She hopes that after giving it a name, we would be more open to talk about it, share our experiences – learn from each other.
Ghostwriting service can be of great level to Managers on all levels to help overcome the leader´s writing block, the fear of an empty paper.
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