Connected leaders must work to inspire teams to keep their best days in front of them. They must create an environment that nurtures trust and relationship that helps to unleash everyone’s creativity. Leaders who foster organizational wonder don’t let probability destroy possibility.
As Don Van Winkle, mentor and trusted advisor to CEO’s, explains, “Two of the things that I’ve realized are totally outdated and have no relevance, are the concepts of certainty and perfection. Both of those get in our way a whole lot. You’ve got to deal with a world and a life of all kinds of variables. It’s elusive and it can be the source of a lot of pain and aggravation.”
As leaders we must constantly push against the notion of perfection so that we can more effectively evolve and improvise as an organization. The fear of looking foolish creates intimidation and turns off curiosity. Connected leaders get great at letting people make mistakes and share important lessons. They reward and appreciate failure because ultimately it will help lead to success.
Wonder, when embraced, allows us to fight against uncertainty, surprise, the unknown, and unpredictability, and creates a launching point for incredible creativity and innovation.
Organizations will not a survive lack of creativity. Therefore, it is imperative that connected leaders encourage their teams to put their own ideas “out of business” so that someone else won’t beat them to it! Doing this will help make sure your best days are always ahead.