The Scariness of Forward Thinking Leadership

Believe it or not what scares many people are those individuals who demonstrate forward thinking leadership.  For it appears, those who claim to what the status quo to change truly don’t want that change because change threatens their own authority, influence and power.



For the last 30 plus years I have been observing the leadership dynamics here in Northwest Indiana.  What I have noticed is there have been very few forward thinking leaders.  The reality is those moved into leadership roles only reinforce the existing status quo, leadership mentality.

Forward thinking leadership requires courage, the ability to persevere and a culture at least open to change.  Unfortunately when the existing culture truly thinks the status quo is working including any new strategies this is the first big BOO.

In the book Start with Why, Simon Sinek shared the Law of Diffusion of Innovations’ curve.  Only 2.5% of the population are truly innovators.  These are the forward thinking leaders.  They are ahead of the flow.  The next 13.5% are the early adopters who probably have some forward thinking leadership traits.

Think about those two statistics for a moment.  Only 16% of the population are truly engaged in forward thinking leadership.

Everyone else is a follower; afraid to jump in; looking for confirmation from others before taking action.

Isn’t it sad that those who want the best for a business, a community or a country are in many cases turned away because their ideas challenge the status quo? Of course, there are some who may have status quo changing innovative ideas, but they lack the leadership skills including emotional intelligence to convince others.  These individuals are not forward thinking leaders. No they are spoiled, whiners who point the fingers are their opposition.

Yes forward thinking leadership is truly more scary than all those Halloween costumes and frightening movies.

Happy Halloween!

Leanne Hoagland-Smith is THE People and Process Problem Solver. She supports forward thinking leaders in bridging the gaps between the two problems restricting strategic business growth – people and processes. Leanne can be reached at central time USA.  Follow her on Twitter or check out her profile on LinkedIn.

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