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Why It’s So Hard to Ask For Help

Journal Article
Although human beings are naturally social creatures, ready to both give and accept help, many of us struggle to actually ask for it, which over time can make us miserable and bitter. And because remote work is on the rise, leaving many of us isolated from colleagues, the challenges of asking for help have only intensified. To feel fulfilled and be successful both personally and professionally, it’s important to acknowledge and accept when you are working beyond your own capacity and be open to asking others for help. In this article the author, a management scholar and a leadership guru, looks at what drives people’s reluctance to seek help and offers strategies for overcoming the barriers.

Distinguished Clinical Professor of Leadership Development and Organizational Change