When leaders connect with others, nearly magical change is possible. People are often caught working in the realm of the routine, never-changing schedule of activities. Leaders whisper into the ears of followers, “Something more is possible. You have a place in making this happen.” The best way to enroll a team is to show colleagues that a small start is now underway.
What captures the imagination? Kouzes and Posner (2002) taught that it is hard to get anyone excited about a vision, instead, show people that something is happening.
Reach forward – really grasp now – and involve the people around you. Make a small positive step in the right direction. The impact may bring others over to your side. Find a way to celebrate the small victory, and then plan for a larger step forward, with the help of others.
If the shared vision has any magic, the forward momentum will pick up power. Your ideas will tell the message, without the need for any soapbox punditry. Funny to think, getting that first win, the act of turning the flywheel forward, even just a few inches more than expected – that effort may start the process of leadership enchantment.
When beginning, be strongly optimistic, and be a mover, even if the effort is modest. A leader may just have the *oomph* needed to go beyond the expected, to push the needle forward. Create a story, and find your allies to help you take the next hill. The others may end up talking about you, wondering what magic pixie dust you are spreading. Just tell them “its leadership,” and offer to share some of that magic with them.
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Steve Broe is an executive coach and author. He lives in Scottsdale Arizona. He answers the question, “How does leadership help people become successful?” in his new book, Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus, now available on Amazon.