“We become so focused on the prize we become oblivious to the impact on the people around us.” ~Scott Spreirer
In the last 10 years or so, I have spoken often regarding my observations that too many leaders subscribe to the “fire, ready, aim” approach to leadership and decision-making. The cost and the negative fall-out from such an approach can be devastating to organizations and the people being lead.
More than ever, today’s leader needs to seriously reflect upon and focus on their specific goals and intentions. To be sure, those who follow can sense a lack of focus and vision making it difficult for them to follow the leader. The lack of focus that emanates from inadequate reflection determines the willingness of the followers to be lead. Followers choose who to follow and where they will go based on their perceptions of what matters most to the leader.
Therefore it is essential that a leader has a clear vision and focus. The focus and vision must be of mind, body and spirit. I believe in order to articulate all three, the leader must take time to reflect, to think clearly, in order to focus and make key leadership decisions. This all takes time. Just as a great invention, a great painting or a great musical composition takes time to create, so do decisions that impact people and organizations. My Dad once asked me as I was being too quick to respond to an issue that would significantly impact my life, “Why is it we always seem to be in a rush and not have time to get it right the first time, but we always seem to make time for the second, third and sometimes fourth attempt to do it right?” Not only do we take time to make the second or third attempt to do it right, but we also take the time to clean up the messes that were created in the initial rush to get it done.
I am reminded that to make good, even great decisions, takes reflection, time and attention to create the most satisfying outcome.
“We always get more of what we pay more attention to…” ~ Daniel Goleman