Where Leadership Begins

As I start putting together a new team (i.e. hiring folks for my company) I’m starting to go back and review many of my leadership notes that I’ve acquired over the years.

It’s funny to review them, to be honest, because most of my notes were true, at the time, but are no longer things that I fundamentally believe.

In other words, after actually executing against many of these principles and paradigms I’ve come to realize that most leadership advice is weak when it is actually put in practice. There’s just too many good sayings that aren’t backed by real, hard evidence.

I’ll continue to share more of these thoughts and what I’m learning as I move forward, but, I wanted to again capture some of my current thinking so that I can laugh at myself a few years later and see how ridiculous it was (or how magnificently wise it was).

Here are some notes that I found that I believe still ring true. Unfortunately, I don’t know the original source and I can’t give credit where credit is due… I hate that.

  1. Progress is always preceded by change.
  2. Change is always preceded by challenge.
  3. Challenging the status quo is often where leadership begins.

A little bit later:

Leaders must challenge the process precisely because any system will unconsciously conspire to maintain the status quo and prevent change.

Wow, I could meditate on this for a long time.