In this Expert Insight Interview, Brandon Wilson discusses his book Sabotage: Leadership that Overcomes Betrayal, Theft, and Deceit. Brandon Wilson is one of the world’s most sought-after communication experts and executive consultants. He has helped leaders at some of the most influential companies realize daring pursuits, from building college campuses to addressing global wealth disparity.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- Leadership sabotage and where it comes from
- How to stay true to yourself despite the obstacles
- The power of curating a positive self-identity
Many leaders go through challenges and bouts of what is often referred to as “leadership sabotage.” The core of the challenge stems from the fact that it is not talked about enough, perhaps due to a sense of embarrassment for being betrayed or having your reputation assassinated. Having someone steal from you or lie to you and get away with it can be deeply embarrassing.
Brandon Wilson believes that all leaders should think about, plan for, and execute something bold and audacious several times a year. If you can achieve some of these things, they may end up having a legacy-defining impact.
Sometimes doing the right thing seems like the longer route to success, and we’re often surrounded by people who seem to be doing the wrong thing, but it seems to be working for them, which can be very frustrating. It looks like no good deed goes unpunished, and all the bad deeds get rewarded.
That said, one of the most potent weapons against leadership sabotage, and even self-sabotage, is the courage to have integrity. Although that sounds simple, it isn’t easy to do because it requires you to challenge the status quo.
There are many things out there trying to stop us that we can’t change, but many of us also sabotage ourselves. To stop doing this, each of us needs to curate a positive self-identity. You need to see yourself as a winner, as somebody who can overcome any obstacle, and as somebody who does what they think is right regardless of the barriers they face.
If you truly decide to live your life with integrity and act according to your beliefs, you have to be prepared to be lonely as well.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist