Thursday, July 7, 2011

Leadership Freedom and the Status Quo

There is a certain sense of freedom that comes with leadership.  Often times we miss this piece as the burdens of big decisions, risks, goals, budgets, deadlines and employee issues monopolize our time.  But it is the freedom we need to embrace.

Take A Stand
Now you may think that I have a somewhat twisted view of freedom.  For me, having the ability (insert courage here) to take a stand for what is right represents a big part of leadership freedom.  The tired excuses of not having authority, or a proverbial seat, or enough respect just don't cut it.  You have all of these just may not have enough courage to do anything about it. 

Except now you have the take a stand. 

Break the Chains
Too often we allow our circumstances to dictate our path.  That only works if you're committed to wallowing in self pity.  You can break free of your situation but only if you're willing to do something.  Change will not come if you wait for it.  It will only come if you make it happen.  These limits may have felt too heavy a burden to carry in the past.

Except now you have the break the chains.

At What Cost
Are you afraid of being labeled?  Will you be known as someone who stirs the pot; or is a rebel; or isn't doing things the way they've always been done?  What price will you pay for pushing ahead of everyone around you?  Will you compromise your career?  Certainly that has never been a safe play, right?

Except now you have the pay the cost.
Leader Sticker (Bumper)
How About You
Do you recognize the freedom you enjoy; or, are you trapped in a world of "status quo is the way to go?"  You've been hired to step up whether you realize it or not.  Do you have the lead?

I'd love to hear from you.

No Excuses.

pics courtesy of calligraphy london and cafepress


  1. When I come to your blog, I am challenged. What I mean by that is it forces me to examine my HR stance/position. Okay so I will share, I like to think "differently" how boring would the world be if we all agreed and never looked at the other side. I see a lot of folks co-signing on thoughts and ideas blindly it seems. I am not advocating being diffcult, but just speak up, if you see something that you don't agree with speak up. If there is a way to improve an idea or process, let it be known. I could give countless examples but in my Sacred Cow post which you already read, I talk about my low tolerance for any type of discrimination. Some don't speak out, its easier to be quiet. I recall when I first got started on Twitter, someone listed as an HR professional used the "n" word, and noone said anything, except me. Very awkard and discouraging. Thanks Jay for asking and challenging the status quo.

  2. Chris - thanks so much for your support. I love that you raise important issues and put them out there to be reacted to, not hidden away. Keep up the good writing yourself!