Navigational Leadership

“If there is one thing that’s certain in business, it is uncertainty.”
Steven Covey

We are in an unprecedented time of leadership where information and knowledge are changing daily, which requires leaders and society to change dynamically every day.

I am fortunate enough to work with very successful leaders who are high performers in their given industries and organizations. They all have a bold vision, define clear strategic imperatives, seek change and align teams to accomplish the uncommon. They also have been doing an amazing job of navigating through this dynamic change. Below are the practices which are creating great outcomes for their teams and organization:

People Centric–

  • they are listening closely to the dialogue of their teams, community, customers and marketplace to understand how the world dynamics are impacting the many. They value the conversations they participate in over the conversations on the media channels.

Perspective Openness–

  • they are maintaining an open mind to all ideas and concepts. They are clear on their own perspective and they are not limiting the success of their company based on their own view. They seek out multiple views to gain a clear read on the situation and possibilities.

Potential Opportunities–

  • they look for potential opportunities in every situation that arises. They are asking their teams how to use this time to adapt, be nimbler, and/or provide an even better approach to how they deliver a product or service.

Place for Reflection–

  • they are making the space to reflect on the events of the day and world to define what is working, what they can add or change and what else is present that they are not seeing or understanding.

Poised for Action–

  • they understand uncertainty can breed fear in others and the need to fight, flight, or freeze. Given the presence of fear they have a plan to take daily positive and forward action which supports the team, the organization and the marketplace

Problem Embracer–

  • they embrace problems and seek to solve them quickly and effectively by engaging the hearts, minds and ideas of those around them.

“Problems are guidelines, not stop signs.”
Robert H. Schueller

What else would you add to successfully navigate through dynamic change?