Reality Leadership Blog

The pressure and stress among today’s workforce is palpable. Deadlines are tight and expectations are sky high.

But the truth as to why our teams and organizations are struggling might surprise you. Here’s a hint – it doesn’t have anything to do with our teams or organizations. It all comes down to those in charge. That’s right, it’s us, not them.

As we dig deeper into the Reality-Based Leadership revolution, it’s important to recognize the unique outlooks of the Reality-Based professionals leading the charge. Simply put, they see things differently. Reality-Based Leaders accept the reality and circumstances of any situation, anticipate change and – best of all – work to capitalize on any opportunity that is inherent in the situation.

Do you have what it takes to be part of this movement? Here are three key qualities Reality-Based Leaders must exhibit in order to be change agents:

  1. Embrace the Unexpected
    Change is a part of life and happens everyday. So why do we continue to react with surprise, panic and blame when it occurs? Reality-Based Leaders greet change with anticipation, move quickly to understand their new circumstances and search for new ways to deliver results despite the unexpected changes.
  2. Value Action Over Opinion
    Reality-Based Leaders are clear that action, not opinion, adds the greatest value. Instead of working to perfect the circumstances of their teams, they encourage them to implement with excellence no matter what challenges may arise or what imperfections may exist with the current plan.
  3. Make the News Rather than Report It
    Often times, leaders fall into a pattern of making predictions about the future or critiquing past actions of others. Assessing and creating added drama around what’s been done in the past is easy, but not helpful. Reality-Based Leaders work to solve problems, not rehash them.

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Posted in Leadership by Cy Wakeman on July 20th, 2015.

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