Are You A Leader With Issues? by Manfred Kets de Vries at Forbes on 4 February 2014.

This article focuses on the attachment behaviours that each person possesses.  It breaks attachment down across two different dimensions of anxiety and avoidance – you can visualize a quad chart with anxiety on the “X” axis and avoidance on the “Y” axis.  (The article didn’t have a graphic so I created one.)

You may get by in the early stages of your career even if you have “issues”, but this will become increasingly problematic once you assume (greater) leadership roles.

If you don’t fall into the low-anxiety / low-avoidance group, don’t worry – you are not alone.  As can be expected, the article does not prescribe quick fixes to these concerns, but rather points in the direction of coaching, psychotherapy or even medication.  If you have read this far, however, I have a feeling that you are the kind of person that is willing to take action to develop yourself into the best person that you can be.

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