Too often, leaders choose to be “Humvee leaders.” They are so worried about quickly making progress that no regard is given to intent, probability of success or the hazards encountered along the way. This style of leader typically has little regard for the destruction they leave in their path or the people they harm along the journey.
Today, I witnessed a convoy traveling down an Afghan road. From the opposite direction, two Humvees from another nation sped by at 5-times the speed limit. The vehicles left a dust storm in their wake which forced the opposing convoy team to a standstill, unable to see their objective or continue their progress. The speeding Humvee considered their task, their mission more important than everyone around them. To the misfortune of the careening Humvee crew, their path was about to experience a 90° left turn. Although you might think little of a sharp turn, this one was vital because it navigated traffic around an active minefield. Faster than the dust storm which stopped progress everyone around their path, the radios erupted with frantic chatter…the Humvee had failed to navigate the turn and was now flipping end over end through active land mines.
- Employ controlled aggression
- Only take deliberate, calculated risks
- Know it is more important to be best than the first
- Always analyze risk/reward of every action or inaction
- Never value their success over that of those around them
Dynamic Leaders do not push their team to the point of tumbling through a minefield
Dynamic Leaders know business, like war, is full of land mines. They never push themselves, their followers or the organization beyond the speed at which inherent safety can be insured to the maximum degree while maintaining positive change and progress. Dynamic Leaders do not push their team to the point of tumbling through a minefield!