Leadership is about blazing new trails into the unknown, it’s about exploring unchartered territory and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. All this means that leadership is inherently risky. Leadership challenges the status quo and accepted practice. Leadership requires that you stretch, that you reach out beyond your comfort zone and blaze new trails. Kouzes and Posner in their bestselling book, “The Leadership Challenge” describe it this way:
“Leaders are pioneers – people who are willing to step out into the unknown. They are people who are willing to take risks, to innovate and experiment in order to find new an better ways of doing things.”
One of the toughest tasks of leadership is the courage to identify and pursue that which is most important. Leadership demands that you seize a vision worthy of the associated risks.
If you’re uncomfortable with risk, start small. Take a small risk every day to gradualy build and strengthen your courage. Courage like all values, develops and grows with practice. The trouble is most of us run way from risk and do not take time exercise and build our courage.
Leaders take risks because they have an inspiring vision, they see a future and a new world that compels action and makes the risk worthwhile. Leaders are pioneers, not settlers. Great leaders take risk. They push past the edge of their current reality. Striving to bring their vision into today. How about you?
- Do you have the vision of what matters?
- Are you taking the necessary risks in your pursuit of that vision?