6 Personal Leadership Growth Barriers

I have some bad news for you.

If you are the leader of your organization, you are the lid on your organization.

I also have some good news! Since you are the lid; if you get better, everyone and everything else will get better.

In our coaching at CourageToLead.com, we talk about THE PERSONAL GEARS OF GROWTH: Purpose, Passion, Priorities, Progress, and People. Working on ourselves and leading ourselves to the next level.

Here are 6 personal growth barriers that limit our ability to make an impact. They are common leadership lids! Hopefully you can find something here that may be limiting you from being as effective as you can be in leadership and life. 


No one wants to follow a complainer because no one wants to be around a complainer. Joel Osteen says, "If you cannot be positive, then at least, be quiet." Remember, crows can't fly with eagles. A complaining posture robs you of a leadership essential: Trust, because everyone knows you will eventually complain about them if you complain to them! Try to show up filled up because complaining is contagious

Limiting beliefs

Some days the only person who believes in you is you. If you believe the worst about yourself, those beliefs will become reality. What you focus on is what you will find.

Blaming others

People who blame things rarely change things. You may not be completely at fault for where you are in life, but you are the only one can who get yourself out of it. Own your situation, own your part in getting there and own the responsibility to get yourself out.

Negative self-talk

Your words eventually become your actions which eventually become your beliefs. You can change your world by changing your words. Speaking negative about yourself robs you of confidence in your own eyes and credibility in the eyes of others.

Dwelling on the past

Yesterday only defines tomorrow if you dwell on it today. Move past the things that hold you back. Ruminating over the past keeps you stuck in the past.

Resistance to change

Change is never painful, only the resistance to change is painful. Leaders are agents of change, you cannot take people where you are not willing to go. Introduce new ideas, challenges and relationships into your life to condition yourself to change.

If you find yourself struggling with one of these today, I believe you can overcome it! Whatever reason you carry one or more of these issues, refuse to allow the residue of the reason to last. Set yourself free of these limiting mindsets and unleash the effective life you have inside of you.