Good Leaders Are Not Constrained by the Facts

This is the twenty-first Blog in a weekly series regarding the state of leadership in America. I normally publish on Thursday or Friday, but due to previous commitments, this Blog is a little early. According to the dictionary, a fact is a statement of the truth. However, the truth about a particular thing or circumstance can change and thus change the facts. John F. Kennedy once said, “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” And his brother Robert F. Kennedy said, “There are those who look at things the way they are and ask why…I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” Both of these men knew that most people see the world as it is, but good leaders see the world as it could be. Opinions, perspectives, and beliefs change and good leaders must be able to see beyond the facts of the past and the present and create a new future based on new realities. The existence of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union were once facts, but no more; once man could only peer at the sky and speculate; now we’ve flown to the moon and beyond-creating new truths, new facts. Real leadership is not content with being bound by yesterday’s and today’s facts. To stay vibrant and competitive, corporations, governments, and nations must be challenged to move forward with a purpose, to evolve, and continually reengineer themselves. A team, an organization, a country will have a tendency to remain at rest until a force, a leader, comes along to jump start them and by sheer force of will get them moving again. The laws of physics apply to human beings and nations. Once moving, good leaders will drive the changes to maintain the momentum and in the process they will be creating new perspectives and facts: from a candle to electricity, from a telegraph to an iPhone the change is immense.
On the other hand, poor leaders will allow themselves to be held captive by the facts of the past and present and thereby lock themselves into a particular paradigm or perspective. Poor leaders work within the current system of facts; good leaders change the system and create new facts, new realities. Poor leaders remain at rest; good leaders realize that if you rest you rust.

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2 Responses to Good Leaders Are Not Constrained by the Facts

  1. When I hear the comment, “We’ve never done it like that before.” It drives me NUTS!

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