Q: What is your comfort zone during crisis and what difference would stepping out of that comfort zone mean for your life and your leadership?
Last week we promoted the idea of self-protection as the core of our reactions to surprise or disappointment, and how these defense mechanisms are often key contributors to what holds us back from a full expression of our talents.
For some, self-protection includes actions as drastic as "shutting down" or becoming almost paralyzed in the midst of crisis. But often these defense mechanisms are more subtle. It might be pouring ourselves into more work because busyness feels productive. Others hide emotions like anger, frustration, and fear with sarcasm or a false expression of confidence.
We all have our favorite go-to reactions that keep us from our full performance as leaders and as humans.