Navigating an unpredictable future
As leaders, we learn to expect the unexpected. As life happens and new obstacles present themselves, we have to learn to assess, adapt, and reassess. However, this takes time and practice. When we learn that some situations remain out of our control, we begin to turn our attention to creating sustainable leadership practices rather than rushing to complete tasks that come our way.
In a recent article, Lolly Daskal shares tips for leaders on navigating the future of leadership and business through “unchartered waters.” Specifically, she gives three simple truths she swears by, including:
Work to foster deeper and more enduring collaboration
In today’s day and age, leaders need to rethink modes of collaboration for those in their organization. This can happen through cross-team engagement, identifying a central motivating factor for everyone, and promoting teamwork on all levels.
Be relentlessly innovative
Daskal emphasizes that nowadays, “business has become not only more complicated but also more complex.” The only way to combat this complexity is learning to disrupt the narrative by leaving space for those in our organizations to embrace innovation and create new ideas without the anticipation of rejection.
By learning to move flexibly and fluidly with the volatile business environment around us, we’ll create organizations full of people who enjoy change, rather than fear it.
In the end, leading through change will, inevitably, become messy. Learning to embrace these unexpected changes in life will help enhance our ability to lead others and create the most efficient, fluid, and motivating organizations possible.
At NAFCU, we know the needs of our members are constantly changing, and therefore our support for their needs must be innovative. While it can be difficult, accepting and implementing adaptable and creative processes will only allow us to serve our mission to the best extent possible.