A few months ago, I wrote a post about the Change Leadership model I use when transforming organizations. The model starts from the core principle that effective change can only be achieved when leaders focus on their teams. By providing them with the communication and support they need through a transition, the team can make magic happen.
While I believe the model’s focus is generally correct, I left out a very important part of the equation. As leaders, we are very much a part of the teams we are leading.
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Running through the alley, the sounds of footsteps echo behind me. Breathless, I am quickly being pushed to my physical limits, but I am not frightened. I know he’s looking out for me.
A day at the office is not nearly as suspenseful (we hope) as in books or movies. That said, it can feel like deadlines are looming, the amount of work we are expected to do is overwhelming, and that our mental endurance might fail us along the way. Strong and supportive leaders help us get through the “dark times” – the doubt we might have regarding our ability to succeed or complete an assignment. We want to deliver for them – will push ourselves – knowing that if we stumble or fall, they will be there to help us get back up again.
Great leaders abound in writing and in film. One that stands out in both is Jason Bourne*. Yes, he’s an assassin for the US government. By definition, he should be a loner – detached and impersonal. Yet he rails against that definition and demonstrates strength of character and interpersonal connection that defy the word “assassin.” Looking past his day job – a minor detail – he has leadership skills that would inspire many to follow him.
It’s fall here in New England – my favorite time of year. It means carving pumpkins, amazing foliage, and apple picking.
Each year, the family goes out to hunt for apples. We visit a local farm, and take one of their carts out into the orchard to find the best apples for pie and crisp. With a little one about, invariably, the cart will get tipped over at least once during our voyage.
When the apple cart is tipped over, the reaction is pretty much the same each time:
1. Mourn that the apple cart was tipped over.
2. Right it.
3. Put the apples back in it.
4. Continue back down the path we were originally headed with those apples.
Change, by definition, disrupts the current flow of things. Work activities, habits, goals and objectives are potentially upended and redefined to align with the change. And change is good, right?