The third thing I listed in “5 things that will hold you back” is personal plateau. This can happen out of fatigue or burnout. The problem with this is that when we hit this plateau we are no longer able to lead people any further than that point. If the people you lead stop growing they will seek something or someone who will help them grow.
Leadership is an always-moving train and when you jump off at a certain point you are left behind. The train keeps going and you stay put.
One of the first things I heard about leadership is “you can’t lead people somewhere you have never been”. At first I didn’t agree with this statement. I thought “couldn’t a leader take people farther than themselves just by encouragement and motivation? Or maybe get to a higher place with them, like at the same time?” I quickly realized that this does not work. What helped me understand this idea was this analogy: