It's time to chase Innovation instead of reacting to the status quo.
Recently I heard Leadership Guru and Pastor Craig Groeschel share on his podcast “The Difference between a GOOD leader and a GREAT leader is one who learns to anticipate rather than react.” (“Creating a Workplace Your Team doesn’t want to Leave”) This is not a new concept, but it is something that is more and more relevant. As leadership is evolving, new skills and ideas are becoming more important in creating a team that is successful.
Today’s Leadership Check is 3 ways of improving your (BLANK)Less.
First, let’s define ___Less. This is the suffix that you can find in the dictionary behind hundreds of words. The meaning of the suffix ” less” adds the meaning of “without” to any word it is connected. As you start to roll through different __less words in your mind, you might think about the various negative connotations but here are 3 ways to improve your__less as a leader.
1. Is there a Fearless message or a powerless reaction within the team? When a challenge comes before you and your team, what is the reaction? Did you see this concern coming or were you blindsided? Growing into fearlessness is being ready for what could happen while embracing the chaos in the now. Are you communicating expectations and goals?? Do you have a clear communication strategy so that the mission, objectives, and goals are not only known through the organization but also embraced and owned by each individual? Keeping clear lines of confidence and expectation can develop and grow the direction of a fearless and avoid the powerless that might come.
2. Does the team embody doubtless confidence? If one isn’t doubtless then they might be visionless. When there is an absence of vision, continuing to guide the path of the organization, the lines get blurry. People get concerned, feel uncomfortable, and lack confidence in the project, leadership, or organization they are investing their valuable skills too. Build the doubtless culture by opening lines of creativity, trusting the professionals that you have hired, and providing opportunities for your team to grow beyond the expectations you initially had. What happens when a project or idea fails? As the leader is this a moment of failure or an opportunity to invest in the problem and create an even more effective solution? A doubtless culture that has complete confidence that no matter the challenge an idea, product, or solution can be found.
3. Is the team trending to a priceless culture? It might not happen often because humans are not perfect. There are moments when a priceless team comes together to accomplish incredible goals, reimagining the field of work and redefining the industries. Is there creative freedom for the team to own new projects? Are ideas that are outside of the box encouraged? Is the term “the way it has always been” used less often than “yes and”? Fight for the priceless culture and do everything you can to eliminate the leaderless path.
No matter what __Less you find within your leadership, consider the opportunities to find positive opportunities to create that fearless, priceless, doubtless team that can change the world.
Taylor currently serves as a Coordinator of Innovative Learning for a mid-sized school district in Texas. He is a speaker, writer, and coach for all who are in conflict with the status quo.