We’re moving on, or we’re moving forward. It’s a charge that many people have grown to expect as their team moves from obstacles, setbacks, or even failure. Is this good leadership?
Leadership requires responsibility. It requires action, effective communication, and fosters opportunity.
Change is often based on a decision. Sometimes it is based on a need, an obstacle, or an event.
Revenues falling short, you have a need.
Good momentum, suddenly halted, and you may have an obstacle.
Some unexpected force, an act of God, a stock-market crash, or a pandemic, any of these and many others might signal the start of an event that requires change.
Leaders often come to the table with new ideas. It is considered to be a fundamental part of leadership.
Are your ideas good? Will your idea work? Are you able to get buy-in?
Whoever made the first donut likely did it accidentally or with purpose. Either way, the first donut, at the time, may not have seemed like a good idea.
We could probably say the same about flavored coffee, the personal computer, or built-in cameras on telephones.
Arguments against, or obstacles in the path, may have been a challenge that needed to be overcome.
It first, it may not have seemed like a good idea. Too expensive, or simply undesirable.
Creating change, or examining a product life cycle, can often be represented on a bell curve. In the beginning, not much is happening, it is hard to gain momentum. After the peak, it is much harder to grab a piece of the market or be successful.
The most difficult challenge may be that in the early moments, a good idea may be a tough sell. No one seems to know if the idea is good or bad.
There are many components of leadership. The idea is that leaders lead forward. They help discover, create, or engage with forward movement.
Good ideas are often a hard sell at first. When a good idea gets sticky, you’ve probably achieved buy-in.
It’s more than just having an idea. Leadership includes the act of making them sticky at just the right moment.
Most ideas are just ideas until they move forward.
Long curves or short curves. Jumping on the curve early has the most advantage.
Belief often conditions what happens next.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.