Leadership is an Improv Art

“Leadership is an improvisational art. You may have an overarching vision, clear, orienting values, and even a strategic plan, but what you actually do from moment to moment cannot be scripted.  To be effective, you must respond to what is happening…[Y]ou have to move back and forth from the balcony to the dance floor, over and over again throughout the day, week, month, and year.  You take action, step back and assess the results of the action, reassess the plan, then go to the dance floor and make the next move.  You have to maintain a diagnostic mindset on a changing reality.

…Sustaining your leadership, then, requires first and foremost the capacity to see what is happening to you and your initiative, as it is happening.  This takes discipline and flexibility, and it is hard to do.”

-Heifetz and Linsky, Leadership on the Line. p 73.


~ by toddbumgarner on May 13, 2010 5:27 am.

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