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ERIC Number: EJ920239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0164-8527
Managing the "Measure Up Monster": Leadership in the Balance
Sullivan, Debra
Exchange: The Early Childhood Leaders' Magazine Since 1978, n196 p8-9 Nov-Dec 2010
The "Measure Up Monster" usually comes to visit wearing one of two disguises. Its favorite disguise is "Flattery". Some say flattery will get a person everything, but sometimes flattery only gets a person frightened. When the "Measure Up Monster" shows up disguised as Flattery it can feel like a set up for failure. That's because sometimes people go overboard with the flattery; and, sometimes, a person may feel that the flattery is not quite genuine. Another disguise the "Measure Up Monster" likes to wear is "Quashing". This usually happens when a person is trying to accomplish some important goal or objective and someone doubts either the importance of what that person is trying to do or that person's ability to do it. The "Measure Up Monster" can wreak havoc on leadership, because whether it's disguised as Flattery or Quashing, it can poke at one's sense of confidence and cause one to focus on expectations. Good leadership requires a person to manage the "Measure Up Monster" by balancing confidence and humility. Good leaders must have the confidence to do what they do well, but they must also have the humility to know they can always do better. This article offers some strategies for "Measure Up Monster" Management.
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Language: English
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