One of the reasons I blog is to get better as a leader. A commitment to growth is critical for every leader. Not only that but to also have an intentional plan to get better and grow. When leaders grow, or get better, so do their teams and organisations. When teams and organisations get better, so does their impact. I recently had a discussion with Anton: ” What makes leaders better?”
I’d shied away from continually defining or, should I say, redefining leadership? After all, who am I to challenge the big voices in history and present culture? Then again, why shouldn’t I be doing that? Why shouldn’t you be doing that? Redefining leadership is something that we all need to be doing. If we continue to revisit technology and culture, why can’t leadership be included in the mix?
The privilege of leading is not without its challenges. Leadership is a mantle that can weigh heavy and in some instances, even crush those who bear it. The thing is, leaders are held to higher standards. You can’t be a leader without being some things or expecting certain focus on you. There are luxuries leaders can never have.
I’m not against new year’s resolutions, anymore. I used to be and it was dumb. Ultimately, the most important thing is to have goals and aspirations. Whether they are tied to a time frame or not is not really an issue. What you call them isn’t the most important thing either. Not at all.
When it comes to leadership, tranquil is as common as unicorns. If there’s no unrest in leading you’re either delusional, doing it wrong or both. Leading involves unrest and frustration. Unrest with the status quo and a frustration to realise an unseen future.
Addressing the status quo in pursuit of mission is messy. Chaos is guarantee to result as comfort of the present is rejected in pursuit of mission. There will always certain levels of chaos.
Chaos is a guaranteed thing in any enterprise. It cannot be separated from leading. Make peace with this fact to be a happy and effective leader.
Having said that, there are two kinds of chaos.
This kind of chaos is one that is intentionally created by leaders bringing about change. Because it is created, its impact more anticipated than the other chaos we’ll looked at.
This kind of chaos is fairly controlled and purposeful. There is a method to the madness. Because it is controlled it can be contained. That is you can experiment with changes and ideas before you scale them.
Checked chaos is like demolishing a section of a building to better reconstruct it, before it falls apart. It is about anticipating catastrophe by acting now.
Failure or disruptions are not eliminated but risk is somewhat minimised.
On the other hand is unchecked chaos. It is chaos that generally results from an unforeseen internal or external environmental factor. More destructive than the former, it is lacks clarity.
Unchecked (and any kind of chaos too) can teach leaders and organisations a lot, depending on how they navigate it. However, this could happen at a great price. Unchecked chaos can be the result of not doing an preventative maintenance.
Jittery leaders can add an unhealthy spin to unchecked chaos.
Leaders must be aware that chaos is inevitable. They have the option to create it or be destroyed by it. In fact leadership is most needed and should be most visible in times of chaos and instability.
Leading is about creating and navigating chaos. It is about creating and managing order to make sure that people and processes align.
Seeking a chaos-free enterprise is unrealistic. Any leader with that kind of thinking doesn’t deserve to be at the helm of anything.
Leader, make peace with the fact that chaos is inherent to leading and rise above it.
Chaos in any enterprise is inevitable. To better make sure success in your mission understand checked vs. unchecked chaos.
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