3 Ways to Avoid Leadership Roadblocks

Guest post by Great
Leadership monthly contributor Beth Armknecht Miller:

Several years ago I was working with a business owner who
had become stuck because of the way the company structure was set up. As
President and part owner, he had two other partners and the company needed to
make investments in new product development in order to stay competitive. Yet
he could not get his other two partners to commit to making the necessary investment.
They were older and had different financial needs. Time ticked away and they
started to loose their competitive advantage. 
He was stuck and knew he had only one choice, separate himself from the

This is the time of year that many of us review our past accomplishments and
assess our future
. As a leader are you at a point where you need to make a
change because you feel stuck? Do you feel like you are just spinning your
wheels and not making the progress you want?



Before you make a big change like my client, analyze your
current situation. First, list the reasons why you want to make a change. Then
define what will keep you engaged and happy in your current position. Ask
yourself, what needs to change with your current position? These are the things
that demotivate you, decrease your energy level, and disengage you from your
work. These are the things that if absent will bring on that feeling of being
stuck.  For the client I mentioned, it
was the inability to stay competitive and keep up the growth rates he had
become accustomed to in the past.

Once you have a list of those needed changes then determine
what you can control and what you can’t control in your current position. For
instance, if there are things that are part of your job you aren’t enjoying, can
these things be delegated to others?


After you have analyzed your current situation, do you still
feel that you are at a roadblock?  Have
you exhausted all your alternatives? If so, then it is time to determine what
are your non-negotiators, those things about a position you are unwilling to
compromise on. These are generally the values and drivers that motivate you,
the intrinsic motivators. But often, external drivers can be just as important
depending on your personal situation. An example would be if you have joint custody
of your children and want to stay close to them, then relocating for a new
position may be a deal killer. You now have a list of criteria that you can use
to rate new opportunities as they come your way.

Frustration can lead to decisions made during a time of high
emotions. Make sure that when you do make your decision to leave that you have
set aside your emotions and you have your list of non-negotiables.  And during your search for a new position,
have questions prepared that will uncover values alignment and style
preferences that will be critical to your future success and happiness.

And, for those who want more on finding that perfect job, a
new book that can help you in landing your next job is
Proven Job Search Strategies for Today’s Professional
by Randy Hain.
Beth Armknecht Miller is CEO of Executive
Velocity, a top talent and leadership development advisory firm. Beth is a
trusted executive consultant, Vistage Chair, and committed volunteer. She is a
graduate of Babson College and Harvard Business School’s OPM program. She is
certified in Myers Briggs, Hogan, and Business DNA. And she is a Certified
Managerial Coach. Beth’s insight and expertise has made her a sought-after
speaker, and she has been featured in numerous industry blogs and publications.
To learn more about Beth visit