A Leadership Paradigm Shift For The New Normal
Leadership is more than just a set of processes and competencies.
In today's rapidly changing world, leaders must adapt and pivot to thrive in the new normal.
This means stepping out of their comfort zones, embracing new ideas, and making a paradigm shift towards being catalysts instead of decision makers. It also requires a clear sense of purpose and a willingness to see beyond the here and now. The pivot requires changes at all levels of an organization, and complacency must be avoided at all costs. Leaders who can adapt and thrive in this new reality will be indispensable for any organization hoping to scale and succeed.
This doesn’t mean giving up on your original goals or abandoning what you stand for but making sure they are aligned with the new realities we are facing in this age of accelerated change. Pivoting means changing from one direction to another without using a road map or detouring—it only makes sense if you have a clear destination in mind that’s aligned with your original goals and values.
Step out of your comfort zone
- Being able to see things beyond the here and now requires stepping out of our comfort zones, breaking old habits, and embracing the uncomfortable truth about ourselves as well as others around us.
- Leaders who are able to do that tend to thrive in any situation because they have unwavering faith in themselves, their ability to lead others towards something meaningful, and the people around them who can help them fulfill their vision instead of holding them back.
What does the new normal look like?
- The new normal is a period of time where we have to constantly adapt and change. It is a time of great uncertainty, which makes it even more important that leaders can see beyond the here and now. Leaders who can’t see outside the bubble will be left behind in the dust as they watch their success fade away with each new challenge that comes along.
- Leadership has never been easy but it has always been critical for an organization to scale. The visionaries, strategists, and tacticians who emerge from this leadership paradigm shift will be indispensable for any organization hoping to thrive in today's rapidly changing world.
Adaptation is the key to thriving in a changing world
- Leaders who are able to adapt, pivot, and thrive in this new reality will have a clear sense of purpose and be able to lead people towards something meaningful. The people around them will also help them succeed.
- It’s never been more important for leaders to be adaptive, flexible, and capable of seeing beyond the here and now. The old way of doing things is no longer an option because it doesn't work for the new reality we live in.
Pivoting requires changes at all levels of your organization
- The pivot requires changes at all levels of your organization. It requires that you keep evolving and embracing new ways of doing things. This means that the people closest to you, your team, will have to be open to change and willing to experiment with the new ideas that might help them become better leaders in their own right and ultimately better serve their leadership. The challenge is how do you bring about these changes?
The last thing you need is complacency
- Complacency can be defined as a state of mind where people are so caught up in their own beliefs that they don’t want to see anything or anyone else. It’s an attitude that can become toxic if left unchecked. Complacency is dangerous because it leads to complacent leadership which breeds disengaged employees and unhappy customers.
- As you start to adapt your leadership skills and mindset, remember that the more you do, the better you get. You need to keep getting better at leading by learning from different experiences and growing from adversity so that you can remain resilient in this unpredictable world.
To thrive in the new normal, leaders need to make a paradigm shift. Leaders must shift from viewing themselves as decision makers to viewing themselves as catalysts. They must shift from asking what should be done to asking how it should be done. They must shift from focusing on the organization's vision to focusing on the needs of those served.
In addition, leaders must embrace the idea of adapting to change and embrace the idea of pivoting.