3 Leadership Rules to transform dysfunctional communities (228)
Often it’s hard to determine where a community is going back woulds.
Wether it’s a neighbourhood, shopping precinct, large corporations, business clubs or churches.
3 simple rules to transform dysfunctional communities
1. Know the overall vision and don’t assume it.
It’s taken for granted all to often that each member of a team or a corporate citizen has a sense of direction.
Most people aren’t driven by vision or mission, they would rather take the less intense roads of predictability.
Predictability takes less responsibility and bends to the weakest link in the chain.
Therefore the community’s weakest link drains all the energy, resources and creativity of potential.
It’s the visionary or mission oriented person that brings things back to basics and rekindles the clarion call
– WHAT DO YOU WANT?
– WHY ARE YOU A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY?
– WHAT’S YOUR INVOLVEMENT OR CONTRIBUTION?
– WHO IS THE WEAKEST LINK OR, WHO IS INHABITING PROGRESS?
2. Act quickly and decisively and measure change immediately
Once the visionary or mission oriented person has insight to some of these questions, they instantly action change to bring out even more hidden issues.
It’s at this point most communities flounder and retreat from any type of conflict.
Many in the community are faced with their own lack of contribution to the problem. Their constant gossip, comfort and lack of direction comes to the surface.
Everyone is vulnerable to complacency, no one can escape this insidious temptation.
However, even the most cynical person who has a heart for change can recognise a true visionary or mission oriented person. Often these cynics become radically enthused and banter together to fulfil a noble mission.
3. Once you start the change, don’t stop, until the mission is accomplished
A visionary or mission oriented person would do themselves a great service by empowering and training others to bring change.
Many visionaries burn out at the early stages of change because they try to do it alone.
It’s the visionary who spends most of their time recruiting the right team that will have the staying power.
Many hands make light work.
Never engage someone who simply talks about change, engage those who have skin in the game. A true visionary or mission oriented person measures everything, starting with themselves.
Effectiveness is always the end game, have we made a difference.
My perfect example of a visionary and mission oriented leader is Jesus.
Within three years, he stated the mission and opportunity to transform society.
He sought out twelve teachable men to carry the vision and the rest is history.
How simple is that!!!
On the downside, the visionary will always be hunted down by those who feel personally threatened, not by those who want to see wholesome change.
Remember, the ones that crucified Jesus did not want change. They preferred dysfunction. Why should we be surprised by those who hinder progress, especially when they may lose their power.
How do you measure effectiveness?