Are You A Reluctant Leader? (Webcast Recording)



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To confront the current and future challenges facing higher education we need our best leaders to step forward. Too often, however, leaders who have the right set of skills and motivations are hesitant or reluctant to lead. They wait to be recognized; they feel uncomfortable “selling” their accomplishments; and they don’t want to “play politics.” The unfortunate result is that neither the individual nor the institution benefits.

In this webcast, we’ll differentiate from issues of self-confidence and imposter syndrome, and take a deep dive into what causes some leaders to hesitate and what they can do about it. We’ll also look at organizational factors that contribute, as well as how existing leaders can identify and support these promising new leaders.

What’s the Difference Between a Reluctant Leader and Someone Who Might Feel Like an “Imposter” in Their Role?

Reluctant leaders are different than leaders who suffer from the “Imposter Syndrome.” The latter is a dynamic where individuals consider themselves imposters as they are unable to internalize their accomplishments and strengths, fear being exposed as a fraud, or feel they don’t deserve their leadership role or success.

Reluctant leaders, meanwhile, often don’t see their great leadership potential and downplay their gifts. This produces a real “hesitation” to move into higher leadership positions and roles. “Imposters” are already in leadership positions, “reluctant” leaders often never become the leaders they could be.

Who Should Attend

We encourage managers to host the webcast and invite key members from their teams to attend. This webcast can jumpstart a conversation within your team about who is a reluctant leader and what can be done to tap more of the leadership potential in your unit or division.

Learning Outcome

After participating in this online training, you will have a better understanding of what holds leaders back and gain advice for breaking through those barriers.


  1.       Identifying self-made barriers that can hold you back as a leader
  2.       Informal assessment: Are you a reluctant leader?
  3.       Rediscovering your strengths and gifts as a leader
  4.       Creating a proactive game plan
  5.       Tough advice for reluctant leaders


Patrick Sanaghan, President, The Sanaghan Group

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 200 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped over one hundred campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes. He is the co-author/author of six books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent books include: Collaborative Leadership in Action and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team. Dr. Sanaghan also serves as a board member of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.


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