“Change or die.” —Thomas Edgley
Such a short quote – but direct and to the point, isn’t it?
And yet people resist change.
I heard it once said that the only person who likes change is a wet baby. I’d add to that the only other person is the person who had the idea to make the change!
The fact is, change is a part of life. I daresay very few of us are using the same cell phone we had ten years ago. As phones have changed, so have we.
Humans like stability. We like the stability of regular nutrition, living indoors, and a steady paycheck. When any of those are threatened, we respond, usually in an emotion-driven way. And yet, when we choose to change what we eat, where we live, or where we work, we can be excited about it. Change is our idea in those cases.
Here’s what you as a leader need to know. Change is inevitable in your team and your organization. You can either acknowledge that and lead it, or you can try to resist it and eventually get pulled along anyway.
Growth means change. And yet, as John Maxwell has said, “everybody wants to grow, but nobody wants to change.”
I believe leadership is a skill, and like any skill, it can and should be developed. But that takes intentional growth. It means intentional decisions to pursue growth through what we read, who we spend time with, and what we spend time doing.
That’s where a leadership coach can help.
I’ve helped leaders become intentional about their growth, professionally and personally, and have seen them experience results that would not have happened without that intentionality.
I want to help you become more intentional.
Growth doesn’t just happen. You’re not going to wake up one day and say “wow, I have grown into a mature, respected leader. How’d that happen?”
You have to want it. You have to be intentional about it.
You have to have a plan.