The question To Be Different or Blend in?
Teams are solidified when they cooperate and the leadership challenge is to maintain this unity when one of the team players is different. The differentiation may be in policy or procedure but none the less the difference can cause a rift.
The dilemma for business leaders is whether the arms for change should blend in to keep the status quo or take a stand and be different.
Leadership Development – Arms for Change
How to balance change is a leadership challenge. Here is a leadership tip to maintain unity and still establish another’s perspective within a collaborative group.
1) Do not allow the communication to focus on put downs, slurs or degrading comments.
2) Do not allow the communication to be negative; pointing out the problem is better when a potential solution follows.
3) Do not allow feelings to overtake reason.
Conflict is unavoidable when clashes of perception arise. The executive leadership challenge is to balance the change required to fix a problem. Business skills for today must include business communication. Ask how important the matter is today, tomorrow and five years later.
As a team player, the dilemma of fitting in for unity versus the singular step of voicing another opinion may have ramifications. Sometimes the one who dares to be different can be seen as a trouble-maker. Other times the one who dares to be different is seen as a visionary. The determination is often dependent upon the results. So, ask what will happen if I do stand out? Then ask, what will happen if I don’t?
Loreen Sherman is the CEO of Star-Ting Incorporated and a business expert specializing in organizational leadership development. She serves clients with Custom Publishing and Modular Skills Packages. Invite her to speak for you at 1.877.896.7292 today.