“The world will always conspire to make you less than you are…so decide what you’re going to do about it, then act.” Hugh MacLeod.
Do you have the guts to do whatever is necessary to take a great idea and make it a success? Never mind that “great idea” is subjective. What’s important here is if you believe the idea is great. Because if you do believe the idea is great, “decide what you’re going to do about it, then act.”
At the intersection of a great idea and the decision to bring it to reality is where passion’s spark turns up just a little brighter. Hold on to the passion’s spark; it’s essential for enthusiasm, vision, and ultimately the sources of leadership required for success.
These sources of leadership are what you’ll need to draw from when you face the resistance – those conspiring against you and/or your idea.
Over the next several weeks, I’ll explore in depth these leadership sources that I’ve learned to tap into when the world conspires to make me less for daring to challenge how things are.
Clarity about my values. What centers me and helps me to honor my beliefs and align my actions for the greater good, to advance the idea forward.
Belief in people. When I meet opposition to my ideas from others, I return to the fundamental belief that people do care, want to make a difference, and be a contribution. Sometimes this get’s lost.
Have a vision. Can’t be said how important this is for the idea and how it aligns with a bigger purpose.
Pay attention to team and business needs. Observe what and how people share what their needs are. Connect them to the business needs. Vigilance is vital.
Remember why I want to lead. Seems like a no-brainer. Even after setbacks I call forward why I chose repeatedly to be a leader. It’s never about me.
A little bit of crazy. The audaciousness of a “great idea” that is new or different delights and energizes me.
What unites people. No matter the resistance to a different idea, people want to be part of something. It gets lost in the sewage or fear. I focus on what will bring people together and what it looks like to do so. It’s uplifting.
I want to look at the sources of leadership to remind us all that in this New Era, we have tremendous opportunity to positively impact the communities in which we lead. Sometimes, though, we need to remember the sources that drive us to cause change, to bring a great idea into reality.