Leadership takes a little bit of art, a little bit of science, and a lot of courage. As leaders we are called to wade into uncharted territory, and sometimes we are called to jump first into the ocean of challenge. Even the most seasoned leader faces times of uncertainty and change and it is in those times that our skills are most tested.
You have two choices as a leader. You can sit back, delegate, and quarterback the situation from behind the scenes. You might be successful in that approach for awhile. Over time though you will develop a reputation as a hands off leader who doesn’t roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. You will be viewed as someone who doesn’t have any real skin in the game and you will begin to lose influence and looked at as someone who doesn’t really understand the challenges in the field.
Or you can choose to surround yourself with the best leaders you can, get organized, do your homework, and face the challenge head on by leading through it. You leap first. You take the first step. You face the uncertainty, the hostile environment, the unstable economy, or the brutal reality of the situation. And you do it first. You might fail. You might not recover. You might prevail. But regardless of the outcome you will create a culture of leading first and that will change the world.