Getting to “wow” in life is an important and life-long journey.
From cradle to grave, humanity coupled with good health, ample wealth, a strong career and healthy relationships all contribute towards “time to success” or that important, “wow”!
Realizing life’s ambitions is dependent upon the pathway and time applied to getting there. Working towards this, however, has a finite trajectory and timeline relative to life timeline. Enterprising leaders, those unique beings who possess an unwavering vision, faith and resolve to lead in the face of adversity, provoke their imagination to create new pathways of thinking, and ultimately strive to create a powerful legacy beyond themselves, have either figured out themselves the secret formula to getting to ‘wow’ fast or simply realized it by happenstance, over time.
Whatever the chosen path or desired life, leadership or career/business objectives, leadership growth set the right velocity (i.e. speed in a given direction) to accelerate the connections they make, the breakthrough thinking and results they must achieve and the personal life and leadership aspirations they want to realize.
The world, as we know it, has witnessed many great and leadership growth who changed the face of society and proved instrumental in revolutionizing the world. Even today, these leaders are held in high regard for their work, and the lives they inspired. They brought about a dramatic change to the world and deeply affected society.
The trajectory chosen by, for instance, Roberta Bondar (Canada’s first female astronaut, first neurologist in space, and head of NASA’s space medicine program), Martin Luther King Jr. (leader of the American Civil Rights Movement), Mahatma Gandhi (the leader in unarmed revolt against violence), and Mother Theresa (founder of the Missionaries of Charity and prophet of whole-hearted and free service to the poorest of the poor), was unique. Yet, despite their unique speed and path to achieving their life’s ambitions, these leaders all had leadership attributes in common.
Each leader had an unwavering vision and passion beyond themselves. They knew they couldn’t achieve their dreams alone so they surrounded themselves with people who shared a common goal and vision yet understood and appreciated that others brought their own diverse thinking to their work. They worked with others and developed systems and ways to provoke new thinking to challenge the status quo to forge change. They set the pace for change yet were careful to not leave anyone behind while realizing and caring that some couldn`t themselves reach the ultimate goal. They worked on themselves first to set the standard for change and to model their belief system. And, they all made sure that others shared in their momentous and life altering experiences. These leadership attributes are referred to as high-velocity leadership attributes.
But not all great leaders are recognized in the same public way.
Great leaders come in all shapes and sizes. Some are unheralded heroes of change; yet, they all impact the belief systems, work and lives of many. They are leadership growth.
The secret formula for high-velocity leadership is for leadership growth to connect with other successful and driven leaders who have an appetite for continuous learning and development; to have fierce conversations with one another yet respect the diversity in thought; and grow through listening, self reflection and then action. Blazing a new frontier in leadership calls upon leaders to be enterprising in nature; to accelerator their own journey and that of others around them through these six high-velocity leadership accelerators:
Accelerator #1: Connect leadership path to life purpose.
Accelerator #2: Connect to a powerful leadership coalition.
Accelerator #3: Think with peers who challenge convention.
Accelerator #4: Think to link personal leadership and organization growth, together
Accelerator #5: Grow new intellectual pathways to forge breakthrough results.
Accelerator #6: Grow a community of care to experience the “wow” in life.
Enterprising leadership means turbo-charging your path to success.
Pierre Lebel is Managing Partner, Enterprise and Leadership Performance and Leon Goren is President and CEO of Presidents of Enterprising Organizations. Both are trailblazers in their own right in the leadership and organization performance space.