Changing your Course as a Leader

It’s guest post Monday! This is a special video guest post by my friend Lincoln Parks who writes at LincolnParks.com. Make sure you check out his blog and connect with him on Facebook. If you would like to be featured as a guest poster on my blog click here.

In Leadership there are many difficult decisions that need to be made during battle fire and sometimes its very hard to do so. In the midst of a storm you need to adapt to change because it will eventually happen. I wanted to recap the video by sharing with you three things on changing your course.

  1. Its difficult to change during a storm – In the midst of a storm or fire as a Leader sometimes we need to make a quick change or tweak that will shakeup the results and outcome. Sometimes we don’t know if that change is going to allow us to succeed or fail. However, we need to be able to make a quick decision as a Leader in order to complete the task. There is a risk / reward with doing this, however the difficult decisions sometimes fall on the Leader.
  2. Its scary to change – Change is a word that when most people hear they shutter to think what is about to happen. Nobody really likes change, but its up to the Leader to convey a message to the troops that change is coming and also to let his/her key stake holders share in the Change message. Its always going to be a scary proposition when the word Change is mentioned, but that does not mean it needs to be detrimental.
  3. Its a tough pill to swallow – When the change has been implemented its now hard for the people in the tribe to follow. There may be some decention among the ranks but if the Leader was effective in sharing with his Leadership team then it could prove to be a success.

During my game I was terrified to make a defensive change, so I stuck with the safe and status quo. I was too afraid to pull the trigger and try something different for fear of what people might say and of failing. So don’t allow fear to cause you more regret by not changing at all.

Question: How have you implemented change in your life?

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  • Over the years, I’ve learned it’s best to implement most change slowly through teaching and getting my staff/student leaders to come to the conclusion on their own. If I tell them, this is what we must do, it’s not as effective if I do some teaching and allow them to come to the conclusion themselves. There is more buy-in that way and they are being more creative in coming up with a solution.

    • I like that Jason. It means that they have made up their minds on their own without your intervention or twisting of arms so to speak. I know when someone makes up their mind and its their own decision then its more likely to be implemented and followed through. What do you do if a Leader is not on board with what you teach?

    • Great point Jason! Thank you for sharing.

  • floyd

    Change, while tough is inevitable. Having lived through so much change in life, I’ve tried to adapt a new perspective on change. With change comes potential; the potential to do better to be the leader of change. I’m convinced now that if we aren’t actively seeking some type of changes we’ll be withering.

    • You are so right Floyd. In that situation I was afraid to change and make a move during the game. I just wondered how Leaders would handle that situation. Thanks for sharing that because I absolutely agree.

    • Wise words Floyd! Change requires us to get out of our comfort zone so we can be moving toward our potential. Only though change can we reach our God given potential. Thank you for sharing.

  • I tend to fight change. I don’t like it. But as I learn to trust God more, I’m more excited to embrace change. Thanks Lincoln for sharing your experiences with us.

    • You too TC? I tend to not want to change much at all because its hard to do. But like Floyd mentioned if we are not changing, we are not growing. And if we are not growing, we are not Learning and we will be withering.

      • Floyd has much wisdom!
        If only I wouldn’t cringe at the thought of change. Usually after it has happened, I like the change. I’m just slow to embrace it. Guess that’s why I’m behind with technology.

  • So interesting to read this while hurricane Sandy is pounding on the outside :). I used to be “overly-decisive” in the past – making sweeping changes at the drop of a hat and leaving everyone else in the headlights :). As i’ve grown more secure in myself over the years, i’ve learned (still are) to involve others, slow down and do things in wisdom. As well as be okay when the outcome isn’t so great. Thanks for sharing this. great video as always.

    • Thanks Ngina, you are not alone when in my younger days, when I didn’t have much cares I would make all kinds of changes. But as an adult I tend to over analyze the change. Why do you think that is as we get older?

  • Wow Lincoln,change is difficult. One of the ways that I have been able to implement change is by aligning myself with same-thinking people. Sharing the burdens and struggles of change are not meant to be shouldered alone. When you have other in your journey of change they can help pick you up and continue,

    • Juan, now that is the truth because I know you have heard that the sum of the 5 people you hang around the most will be where your mindset is also. If you are the top of the crew its time for a change. We must always be learning and changing. Thank you so much for adding to the conversation.

  • Great stuff! Thanks for sharing this today. I really enjoyed the video format as well!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the video post.

    • Thanks Brandon. I appreciate your comment. It goes a long way.

  • I don’t focus on change, but roll with it. I think we need to stay in tune with our surroundings and our intuition. If we can stay in that zone, we become part of the change – naturally.

    • Great perspective Dan! I feel the same way about change. Thank you for sharing your insights.

    • So true not to focus on it Dan. We have to make sure we adapt easily when things are lined up correctly.