Excerpt from The UnOrthodox Leader
Before we get started, I want you to know that the book has not yet being published. It is a creative work “in progress” which is currently being developed.
JFK made the following statement:
“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.”-John F. Kennedy
Sometimes we try so hard to fit in, when we were meant to stand out amongst the crowd. It can be lonely as a leader, because sometimes the best leaders are misunderstood. The best leaders have odd ways and awkward tendencies.
“It is easier to blend in with the crowd, than it is to stand out from the crowd.”
Oftentimes, the unorthodox leader does not fit the traditional qualifications of the masses, because they are often mislabeled as misfits or rebels. Many unorthodox leader lack charisma, poise, or presentation.
The unorthodox leader is not afraid to confront the comforts of others, or challenge the norm in pursuit of monumental change.
The most uncommon leaders, have made tremendous impact in the marketplace and have been the forerunners of social change throughout history. Some examples, would be Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Thomas Edison, and Abraham Lincoln. Gandhi made a difference by peaceful protest. Martin Luther King used non-violent boycotts to fight social injustice, and advocate change. Thomas Edison failed numerous times, and then eventually created the light bulb. Abraham was an introvert, had an improvised childhood, and probably would have been being defined as the mostly unlikely to succeed; but was an intellectual, great orator, and later became an unlikely president.
Many organizations fail because they neglect to utilize their internal resources. They have put some of the best leaders, in roles that do not adequately complement their skill set, personality, strength, or ability. As a result of limiting the “leader” sit to those with the right qualifications, those who know how to say the right things, and those that know how to play the corporate game; organizations have limited their capacity to evolve, to remain innovative, and creative in the marketplace.
It is imperative that organizations understand the need for both orthodox and unorthodox leaders, and do not stifle their growth by cleaving to dead traditions and political staging.
Great conglomerates have been known to become obsolete, due to their inability to change.
Organizations must change, if they want to remain progressive in the marketplace. Many times, the organization looks outside of itself to fill roles and positions, when in actuality they are underutilizing their very present resource within.
It is time for organizations to break traditional molds that may be stifling the growth of the organization, to dare to be different and use the unlikely leader to catapult their organization into the future.
The information age has taken flight, and many organizations are failing to keep abreast and are lagging behind. The success of any organization is directly connected to the quality of its’ leadership team. It is important that there is diversity at the leadership table. Diversity of culture, personality, style, education, and experience.
“Diversity gives birth to new and creative inventions of products and services.”
The unorthodox leader does not fit the ideal mode, but brings immense value to the leadership table that may help the business to evolve and stay competitive in the marketplace.