Survival Tips for Leadership Wayfinding

Have you ever been lost in the woods?

I mean really twisted around with nothing but the eerie quiet of the wind, similar looking trees, and grey overcast sky to signal your next move?

Survival Tips for Leadership Wayfinding

This is a different kind of lost than poking your way around in a new city with full access to the perks of mobile devices and helpful convenience store clerks. I’ve been there and know personally how scary loosing the trail can be.

For those of you feeling a bit disoriented in your wayfinding in life and leadership, take note.

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Was it your wrong interpretation of the map? Were you daydreaming when you should have been paying attention? Were you missing a trusted guide to help in navigating within your new environment?

Regardless of the factors that caused your disorientation, know that losing direction is common. Staying lost is dreadful for you and your sphere of followers.

Wayfinding Survival Tip:

“Know Yourself to Lead Yourself” is an essential tool to help you stay on track and a trusted way to course correct when your way becomes lost.

Even Superman Had Kryptonite

Nearing perfection may be the aim, but if we are honest, all of us can admit that we fall quite consciously incompetent in a number of arenas impacting our leadership performance. While our strengths may appear to mask these areas easily hidden, our tendencies and negative patterns of protection and/or dominance can eventually bring detrimental effects and like Superman’s kryptonite, can come in different forms to induce our weakness and get us off track.

Wayfinding Survival Question:

“What is it really like to be on the other side of me?”

Like the broccoli between our eyeteeth or the breakfast remains splashed on the shirt, we are often the last to know what is amusingly obvious to others. All of us have patterns in our lives (both good and bad) that shape our reality through our leadership behaviors. Our positive and productive behaviors keep us tracking toward success and significance in the lives of others. The negative and less-productive behaviors of influence often move us deeper into the woods of ineffectiveness.

Below is a foundational GiANT Tool used to illustrate the dynamic of our reality and leadership actions shaped largely by our tendencies, patterns, and consequences.


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For each of you desiring to find a way out of the woods of failure and frustration, there is good news. If you are serious about making real change in the reorientation of Becoming, have hope. There are entrusted markers to follow and a predictable path to track. Breaking through the thorny thickets toward personal clarity and a renewed sense of vision is never an easy task and must be approached with patience, persistence, and purpose in order to find one’s way home.

  1. What has been your leadership experience of finding daylight in the midst of disorientation?
  2. Where might you best apply the wayfinding survival tip of knowing yourself to lead yourself?
  3. What are your Kryptonite tendencies?
  4. Who could you feel courageously comfortable asking the wayfinding survival question “What is it really like to be on the other side of me?”

We would be honored to hear from you in the comment section.

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