Beyond The Script: The Art Of Hints

When a leader plants the seeds of inquiry, when they open themselves to being vulnerable and model the expectations for being a learner, they allow others to be vulnerable, creating greater capacity and learning across the organization.

We exist in a world that has become increasingly more scripted, risk averse and safe.  Just follow the script, just stick to the lines, and we will get the results we seek.  If we completely control the conditions, we will remove mistakes and failure.  Yet, it never seems to work out like that in the end.  The problem is that it lacks authenticity, it lacks passion, and it lacks what is necessary to lead.  Why?  Fundamental and simple.

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first…

A cardinal concept that must be ingrained deeply.  Locked down and fully understood.  One which a leader must comprehend at a deep level, what it means and requires.

It requires risk.  It requires uncertainty.  It requires ambiguity.  And it requires stepping out into the unknown, breaking new ground.

Going first means leaving the script behind…

No map, no diagram, no directions.

The difference between a pioneer or a settler.  An explorer or a colonist.   An innovator or an implementer.  Or very often, between being a leader or a manager.  One who is…

A seeker.  A searcher.  A discoverer.  A trailblazer.  Which mandates…

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first...

Leading in current times has become much more about implementing than it has been about breaking new ground.  There is a tendency to wait for the script, the directions, the guidelines before considering to move forward.  That way, if anything goes wrong fingers can be pointed, responsibility can be shifted, blame can be assuaged.

The problem is there is a lack of leadership in that mindset…

Leadership mandates a willingness to risk it, to be all in.  To be passionate about what you want to achieve without any assurance of the results.  Only knowing that what you are trying to create is better than the current, a better place, a better future.

Leadership that waits is leadership that lacks relevancy.  Leaders have to be aware of what is happening around them, in their profession, their organization, and on a global perspective.  Going first is not about setting a trend, rather going first is also about catching the hints of what is to come.  What lays just beyond the horizon.  Just out of sight.

Leaders who go first, employs an inquiry based, curiosity driven leadership.

Leading is an inquiry based proposition.  Constantly looking into what is coming, what you will be facing ahead, and preparing yourself, your people, and your organization.  Constantly.  It is the art of the hint. A hint of what is to come.

Scripted leadership fails on so many different levels.  It lacks both passion and authenticity, and it shows through with incredible transparency.  The great divide between the innovating and the implementing leader.

In the end…

Leaders who wait for the script, the directions, the guidelines, are taking themselves down a path to irrelevancy.  Leaders don’t wait on others, instead…

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first…

Leaders go first…

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