|Getting Ready for Flight with|
Pilot, Steve Dean
(I'm in back.)
Parachutes are a safety net in case the plane fails. If we had our choice, we wouldn't want to leave without one. So if we would feel more comfortable with a parachute on a plane, what about in our leadership? Wouldn't we feel more comfortable taking off on a leadership venture if we had the security of a parachute? Wouldn't we would feel more comfortable going out on that limb knowing that we had some sort of safety net in case our plan failed and we needed to bail? Has anyone ever felt this way?
The fact is this. No leader wants to jump out there without some kind of insurance. We all want to know we will be okay if the plan fails. We all want some type of parachute to protect us as we try to soar into the wild blue yonder. So what are the different types of parachutes that leaders have in place before letting their leadership ventures take flight?
All leaders have critics, but great leaders have critical friends who will tell them things they don't want to hear but need to hear. Critical friends care about the leader enough to make sure he doesn't crash the plane.
Leaders need honest feedback especially when the plane is in flight. Honest feedback is the altimeter and radar when the leader is flying the plane with zero visibility.
Leaders need empathy from their fellow teammates. People don't always understand the rationale behind decisions; therefore, the leader has to take time to make sure understanding is in place when a plan is about to take off.
Developing trusting relationships are the key to successful leadership, but this idea couldn't be truer when plans fail. Relationships save leaders from crashing and burning.
Not every leadership idea works. That is why leaders need to make sure they have an exit strategy. Exit strategies are better than running the entire organization into the ground.