Leadership is about taking risks and creating change. This requires commitment to a future vision, and then executing with confidence. Or, in baseball terms, “attacking the strike zone.”
Some organizations have been aware of the need for transformation for some time but have just not acted on it. The biggest leadership issue is often not a lack of strategic insight into what needs to be done, but is instead, one of leadership.
DEI ought to be a call for fairness, equity, and including new voices into decision making and opportunity for economic upward mobility. This calls for making a commitment to modify recruiting practices and cultures to make them more inclusive.
Both executive coaches and financial planners help clients to make high quality decisions in service of their long-term goals, and to avoid some of the thinking errors humans are prone to make on their own.
All leaders are faced with balancing boldness with wisdom. The challenge is to be bold, but not to be bold and foolish. This requires listening to your internal voice and acting on opportunities, while seeking wise counsel and taking the time to be intellectually curious.
Leigh Bailey discusses the importance of the people side in leading organizational transformation. Specifically, leaders need to understand how their behavior impacts the success (or failure) of achieving significant change.