Leading on Purpose versus by Accident

When something must get done, typically, someone with a vision and a plan steps up and takes charge – on purpose, or someone reluctantly volunteers or is told they are responsible and does what they think is right and hopes for the best. The first option is typically much better however sometimes the volunteer gets lucky and things work out – usually just once.

Your success can be intentional or accidental – what’s your approach?

Intentional:

  • Repeatable
  • Credible
  • Transformational
  • Sustainable
  • Based on values and principles
  • Creates excitement and enthusiasm
  • Engages others
  • Builds trust

Accidental:

  • Not repeatable
  • Inadvertent
  • A mystery (to everyone)
  • “Lucky” (can’t be replicated)
  • Damages personal reputation
  • Confuses the team
  • Undermines trust

Option one is the path to long-term success the other the road to frustration and failure.

A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. ~ Max Lucado

Ralph has a series of Vlogs on Leadership we recommend you watch this one “How to be an effective leader“.

On the same related topic, if you want to be a successful intentional leader, try incorporating a few ideas Ralph writes about in his blog “Innovation & Leadership“.

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