Why Taking Action Creates Success
Updated: Sep 19, 2019
Every business will face challenges and roadblocks along the way. When this happens, the team looks to leadership for guidance.
I recall once I was in a role where the leader of a different major department resigned. He was completely overwhelmed in the role which created more stress in his life than he was willing to tolerant. When his resignation was announced internally, panic struck the entire organization.
"What are we going to do?" "What will this mean?" "What will happen to that team and to our business?" All these questions were running rampant throughout the company.
When the leader of the company came to me to discuss, my first response was, "This is a fantastic opportunity to take that department to an entire new level of success!" The leader looked at me stunned.
I said this, not because the leader who was resigning was poor or incompetent, he was not. In fact, he was really good at what he was doing and the team really enjoyed working with him. I said this, because suddenly we had an opportunity to seek a replacement that could come in with new eyes, new vision, new passion & enthusiasm and take the team to a whole new level of success!
"Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
One of the questions I like to ask to challenge leaders with is, "If you were to leave, what would your replacement begin doing immediately that wasn't already happening?" The responses always fascinate me.
Your team members are looking for guidance when something goes sideways. They're looking to leadership. They want to see calm, thoughtful, decisive leaders reassuring them things will be fine. Then together, everyone can move towards success.
The 33rd President of the United States, Harry Truman, once said, "Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better."
Oh...and yes the leader of the department that resigned was replaced with someone who was truly passionate about the purpose of that department, had wonderful new ideas in how to grow their business and as of this post they are still seeing huge success! The leader who left the company ended up in a very profitable business of his own where he fully controls his stress and has surrounded himself with great employees. In the end, because of a lot of action by a lot of leaders, everyone ended up winning.
Courageous, skillful leaders take action. They inspire and motivate their teams. They take action. They lead the charge to success.
Be that leader.
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About Joey Peacock... Joey is VP of Training Success for TEN 8 Life. Joey's career includes decades of experience with Leadership in Sales, Marketing, Operations, Customer Experience, Small Business and more. He's worked in over seven different industries, mostly recruited to help under-performing companies/divisions find success. Joey is a John Maxwell Certified Coach, Speaker, Trainer. Consider connecting with Joey on LinkedIn and add a personal note that you found him here.