What are the responsibilities of a leader? In my opinion, a key responsibility is seeking the better way. In my experience it has been called continuous improvement, innovation, and so on. But the CEO of the company where I work is always talking about seeking the better way – in all areas of your life, not just your work. It is a much more holistic approach to life. So, I much prefer seeking the better way than continuous improvement.
James Kouzes and Larry Posner have this to say in their book Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge:
Exemplary leaders search for opportunities by seeking innovative ways to change, grow, and improve. They’re always on the lookout for anything that lulls a group into a false sense of security, and they constantly invite and create new initiatives that can make a difference. The focus of a leader’s attention is less on the routine operations and much more on the untested and untried. Leaders are always asking, “What’s new? What’s next? What’s better?” That’s where the future is.*
As a leader – are you consistently seeking the better way? Do you encourage and model seeking the better way to those that you lead?
Have a great week and continue to center your heart on the beautiful and wonderful mystery of the birth of Jesus and all that it means.
*James M. Kouzes;Barry Z. Posner. Christian Reflections on The Leadership Challenge (Kindle Locations 299-302). Kindle Edition.