Just watch the news, and you will see incredible destructive storms, rising sea levels and never before seen average temperatures. Forest fires unceremoniously leveling hectares of forests, along with homes, animals, and in some cases human lives. All this on top of hurricanes, twisters and floods in unprecedented numbers which have raised concerns across the globe.
Is an overall rise in global temperatures to blame? Camps have aligned themselves on both sides of the question and continue, with passionate ferocity, to debate the pros and cons. The point of directing our attention to the facts above is not to attempt to arrive at a definitive conclusion, but rather to draw some lessons learned which can be applied to a discourse on Leadership.
As we outline the reality of events above, or more importantly, the battle lines drawn on either side of the issue, we cannot help but be struck with applications that can enhance our growth as Leaders who seek transformation!
Waiting Versus Vision Means Wasting
A number of years ago I was asked to take over a division of employees who had been tasked with implementing a critical transformation priority for the Department. On top of implementing the initiative, the division itself required a revamp to address stagnant thinking and defeatism. Not surprisingly, different opinions existed as to how to approach the problems needing addressing, but astonishingly the most fierce debates were around whether there was really anything wrong at all! How amazingly similar to the global warming debate and with sadly, the time and energy arguing as to whether or not there really is a problem. There obviously is an issue with severe consequences, and arriving at a consensus as to the root cause seems far less important than mitigating the consequences and managing the risks. As was in the division in question, those resistant to change wanted to expend the majority of the group’s energy debating whether or not there really was a need for change.
Vision and the ability to lead change are critical and Effective Leadership Skills.
Note to Change Leaders:
Characteristics Good Leadership – the leader’s role is to quickly discern the need for change and to work with the organization to define the new vision forward, not to debate whether a change is required. Don’t be distracted by those looking to derail achievement of the ultimate goal!
The Leadership Question
Where are you right now in terms of your change agenda and Effective Leadership Skills? Are you quickly defining solutions or are you mired in pointless debate?
What is Good Leadership? – Learning and improving – Learn the lessons of global warming or next year’s storms will be even worse with still no actions or plans in place.