I was studying Mike Myatt’s book “Hacking Leadership” about the same time that a group of other leaders and myself were engaged in the topic of unity and it’s importance in organizational growth.
If there is such a thing as a “Silver Bullet” for an organization, it is the spirit of unity and the element of clarity.
If strategy and the execution of that strategy is the bridge between “what is” and “what if”, then unity and clarity are what allow leaders to be able to pull the future to them, rather than always chasing and becoming leaders of the inevitable, that simply allow the future to determine its self.
Focus on tying ethics with vision, clarity and singleness of purpose in navigation of the great leadership crisis of our era. Where leadership runs amok is when hubris overshadows humility and self-serving motives take place of serving… beyond self.
The goal of today’s progressive leaders is not to clone themselves but rather to harness individual talents and strengths for the greater good of the team and organization. Leaders today who attempt to manage through control and conformity, end up losing control of the very thing they seek…profit and sustainable results.
Savvy leaders do everything possible to inspire nonconformity in approach. It’s only by stretching the boundaries of “normal” that organizations can fuel change and innovation.
Smart leaders don’t tell people how to think; they surround themselves with great thinkers and consistently seek their insights, observations and opinions. It’s the ability to evolve and to nuance thinking that leads to the change and innovation your organization needs to survive.
Show me leaders who never change their minds and I’ll show you static thinkers who have sentenced their minds…and organizations, to a prison of mediocrity and wasted potential. A leader’s ability to change their mind demonstrates humility, confidence and maturity.
Organizations with brands in decline are gifted at making change difficult to implement.
Remember this important fact; The decisions you are making today, will revisit you ten years from now, no matter if those decisions were good or bad.
The quality of your decisions will be reflected in the quality of your life and organization.
To lead a group of people effectively, they have to buy into your vision. and before they buy into your vision, they have to buy into you. For that to happen,they have to know that you are in it for them and their best interests. Do you care about them enough to get to know them and what is important to them and their lives. Building trust is the number one thing you can do today as a leader in a world that is in a great leadership crisis. Today, authenticity is paramount. It’s not a choice, it’s a mandate for successful leadership.
Always strive to make sure that your decisions and choices are aligned with your priorities and purpose.
Bottom line; when you fear BEING wrong, more than being PROVEN wrong then you have arrived as a leader.
Posted by Vincent Rush
Lynx Telematics VP of Business Development
Professional Trainer and Speaker