Leaders Must Charge the Darkness Make a Positive Change

How do you know if you are leading well? Or if you are leading at all? How do you know if you are making a positive change? Are you even intending to make a change, working to create change, or wishing you could make a change?

Leaders are attracted to problems, to bottlenecks, to dysfunction, to the places where darkness resides. They charge it. They bring light to it. They turn things around.

Sometimes I get frustrated when problems occur in the teams I lead. A quiet part of me blames myself, another part blames others, and still another part of me feels exacerbated: How long do I have to come in and deal with negative situations?  Often as leaders, we desire to arrive at a point where there is reprieve—no issues, no worries—a place to coast along on autopilot. Do you ever feel that way?

Alas, coasting is not leadership. Leaders are always seeking the rate-limiting step. They are always asking, what is keeping my team from moving to the forward? They make it their personal mission to charge the darkness!

So if today, you have several battles to fight, and you are in the ring cheerfully, not begrudgingly, I congratulate you. After all, leaders are not needed for autopilot.

Here is my charge to you today:

Is there a challenge you are facing now?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Is your team spirit low?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Is there a financial problem?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Is your family struggling with strife?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Is your boss neglecting to empower others?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Are you tasked to turn around a big project at work?
Face it. Fix it. Make a positive change. You are the leader.

Willingly jump into the battle to make a positive change! I’ll admit, doing so often disrupts the order in my life. My calendar gets shuffled. If I am not careful, this disruption causes me to become annoyed. But that is the life of a leader, being willing to abandon our routine when we are called to the battlefield to lead.

My friend, strong leaders make positive change. They continue to make positive change. They consistently look for places to make positive change. They seek out ways to make a bigger impact. They don’t coast, they don’t chill, they don’t let their spirit get dormant. They rise up and protect. And when night threatens to fall on their dream, indeed, they charge the darkness.

Your Friend,
Wes Saade MD Signature

For Further Reading:

The Beauty of Systems
Without Metrics, You Will Be Blind

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