By definition, a real leader is typically taking a group of people into a new and better future. For this reason, there is going to be inertia towards where the group is right now. Shifting the inertia, causing change, also causes pain. People resist pain.
Granted, some people are easier to work with than others when change is required. However, different attitudes, different cognitive experiences and different conative strengths require leaders approach change with individuals and groups based the audience, the specific make-up of the individuals and the group. When we work with leaders, we need to put the responsibility for causing change on the leader.
Recently a client noted that when he gave his employees cash, they complained. But when they got the Christmas turkey, they loved it. The money was worth more to him, but the turkey was worth more to them. He thought it was crazy…but he was trying to put his values on them. He was at fault for providing value that the audience did not want. Ironically, the turkey costs less for the owner to provide and would save him cash while also giving the employees what they want!
As part of this same dynamic, any leader can lead when there are open hearts and minds. That is easy and a blessing if you have that situation. What a real leader does (and when they are really needed) is when hearts and minds are closed to change. Leaders work with the hearts and minds of their audience to get the hearts and minds opened up to new and better ways of doing things. The best leaders have followers willing to go with them into the unknown and enjoy the ride along the way.
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