7 ways in which leadership costs

There is a cost associated with leadership.  It is not something that is often talked about, with people preferring to look at the many great things about leadership instead.  However, if we don’t acknowledge the cost and get real about it then there are two potential problems.  First, when leadership gets tough we can be surprised and decide to get out.  Either we wrongly assume that it shouldn’t be like this and so we think that there must be a problem, or the unexpected nature of it amplifies the pain and we are unable to cope.  A second, and potentially worse, problem is that we fail to tell those whom we are leading about the cost. As a result we mislead upcoming leaders and fail to prepare them properly for the task ahead.

Ron Edmondson identifies seven costs of good leadership as follows:

  1. Personal agenda
  2. Control
  3. Popularity
  4. Comfort
  5. Fear
  6. Loneliness
  7. Outcome

Can you identify anything not listed above?

Are we as leaders willing to pay the price?

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