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Are You A Committed Leader?

January 31, 2016

By Laurie Clarke, Chief Operating Officer

There’s a difference between interest and commitment.  When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it is convenient.  When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results. 

– Kenneth Blanchard

 

When a company hires The Tatham Group I am sure of at least one thing: one leader in the organization is committed to a vision of a different company for the future. These are the leaders who will change the way customers are served and how the business operates. How do you know if a leader is committed?

  1. They trust in the process and say ‘yes’ to prototyping
  2. There is relentless follow through from design to implementation
  3. Changing the structure to manage the process is part of their plan
  4. They allow the teams to own the change not managers or support areas
  5. Dealing with negative behaviour is done quickly and without fanfare yet positive behaviour is highlighted to let it grow and shine
  6. Their focus is on results not activity or excuses

Transformational change is hard. So hard, most people flirt with it but never fully commit.  They spend a career excusing away their missed goals. Those who resist the urge to traverse on the most convenient path achieve results better than they imagined. Are you committed?