Every single leader, movement, and organization that has ever wanted to create greatness has had to challenge the status quo but some leaders are afraid of the challenge because it would mean they would need to entice improvements, to assemble advancements and to dig deeper into development.
So how does a leader challenge the status quo? They have to have an open heart, open will and open mind.
To have an open heart, you need to inspire and encourage others to take a chance.
To have an open will, you must be willing to risk and take bold steps.
To have an open mind, you need to constantly be learning and growing.
Every challenge involves confronting the status quo. This precept means we have to test the unproven, dive deep in the unspoken, and challenge the unchallenged.
To move from mediocrity to greatness, we must venture out.
To build something substantial, we must take a strong stand.
To create something meaningful, we must create significance.
Nothing great is ever achieved by doing things the way they have always been done.
To challenge the status quo we must take one fearless choice at a time, one brave decision at a time, one courageous action at a time.
These choices, decisions, and actions transform challenges into exploration, risk into reward, and fear into determination.
Start by asking yourself:
- What needs to be challenged?
- What needs to be improved?
- What is the greatest risk?
- What can I expect?
- What can I learn?
When we challenge the status quo, we test our skills and we challenge ourselves.
We are not here to stay content. We are here to do better. The gift of life is to make a difference, and the call of leadership is to say this is not good enough.
We have the choice to make things better.
We have an obligation to challenge the status quo.
When we meet that obligation, we are inspiring others to do better and think bigger.
After challenging the status quo ask yourself:
- What have I learned?
- What did I not expect?
- What went right?
- What went wrong?
- What would I do differently?
- What could I have done better?
Don’t challenge for challenge’s sake; learn from the experience.
When we challenge the status quo, we believe that our abilities will be able to make a difference.
What action will you take to challenge the status quo?
Lead from within: Challenging the status quo is inspiring ordinary people to become extraordinary leaders.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.