6 Steps To Becoming A Game Changer

6 Steps To Becoming A Game Changer

Leadership | Posted by YouInc.com - May 29, 2017 at 12:00 am

When I chat with young leaders today, many express the desire to be game changers. They seek to alter current paradigms. After all, innovation is sexy. So let’s step back for a moment and think about what it takes to be a true disruptor of the status quo.

There are certain personalities and drivers that go into the mix. Courage is key. Think about the boss you report to. If he/she is a get ‘er done kind of leader, that’s likely a recipe for a predictable yet tedious pathway. You may well just plod along. The company colour might be beige at best. Take a seat, no need for a shout out.

Organizational culture is also paramount. Does the company encourage and reward new ideas? If not, you will likely be shut down; true entrepreneurs forge ahead in the face of obstacles. They believe in the power of their ideas and choose to surround themselves with like-minded individuals.

Based upon substantive empirical research, companies that have women at the helm outperform those that do not. Why is that? Women foster innovation, seek alternate models and lead with a team perspective. Their egos exude confidence rather than follow a narcissistic playbook.

If you have a burning passion and believe that you can change the axis of the globe, there are a number of key steps you must follow:

  1. Winning is not an option, it’s a guarantee. Your language must convey conviction. Elite athletes don’t believe they will finish first, they know they will finish first. Their cerebral wiring is about going for gold. They also attract a support network that works to maximize strengths.

  2. Create momentum. If it’s a singular race, organizational and performance psychologists help to position alpha dogs to psychologically outperform the pack. If it’s a team initiative, then harnessing innovation by promoting a sense of collective ownership is vital. True leadership means you must reinforce team members to make their mark. They should know exactly how they contributed to the win. If they don’t, you as a leader likely disempowered them.

  3. Research the company. What is the track record for innovation? Do they stay nimble and have a number of products in the pipeline? In essence, do they stay ahead of the curve?

  4. Check out the CEO. In particular, has the CEO’s stewardship fostered an entrepreneurial mindset leading to an ability to anticipate trends, fulfill consumer needs and launch innovative products?

  5. Insist that rules must be broken. Don’t blindly follow just because life worked that way in the past. History can be interesting, but living for the future has much more sex appeal.

  6. Who should lead us? Here is a small, yet interesting, important and telling discovery. My son is getting ready to launch. He will soon leave the protective bubble of school and home life. In preparation he has chatted with many thought leaders and established rainmakers in the business community. It is prudent on his part to obtain as much wisdom and guidance as possible. He has talked to a wide community of established male and female leaders; everybody offered valuable insights. What was most fascinating was that female leaders were the ones who most often returned his calls, met with him in person, gave their generous time and provided real counsel. These female leaders were no less busy than their male counterparts. This is a bit of an intriguing mystery. I could only venture to guess these noted leaders see it as their duty to give back, provide mentorship and convey partnership and inspiration to those who are eager to understand what it means to be successful.

Focus on securing a career path is no doubt important. Though if you see yourself as wanting to change the world, then the organization you seek out should rock. The necessary ingredient required to reward game changing ideas is a culture of fluid and agile thinking. These are the organizations that encourage, stimulate and attract provocative leadership. I challenge you to make that happen.

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Do you consider yourself a game changer? How so? Are there any individuals who you admire as a game changer?

Tags: female leaders, innovation, leadership, motivation, work culture, relationships, agile, born leaders, business idea, courage, culture, entrepreneur, leaders, leadership advice, research

Cindy Wahler
Cindy Wahler, Ph.D., C.Psych. is a leadership consultant specializing in succession planning and talent management. For additional information or to get in touch with Dr. Wahler, please click here.
Michael Payne
December 2, 2013 at 10:14 am
Very well said! The short way of what you are saying, I think. The main reason for success is the mothers influence and how man deals with it. Always a mother load.
Zulubear Annette
December 2, 2013 at 11:04 am
Game changer? Generations of kids upon kids are born to be game changers. The courage they hold to not just do it cuz someone said so. The determination to persist until someone changes their own rules enough to hear their side of the story.

Listening to hundreds of kids, who I deem the real 'behaviour specialists" ( those who specialize in behaviour) we conclude that kids who struggle with spelling and basic literacy are not satisfied with the 'rules' of our perceptions.

I admire kids who can't spell and who have taken the 'time outs' to teach me how to empower them to find the resolution. I truly admire anyone who can help us bring their solution to all of us.

What would happen if ?

Kids were given the simple belief that they can learn with Joy and with ease?

If parents could relax and sleep well at night knowing their children have been given the solution?

Imagine that as a game changer as an investment in our future and as a mega deposit in our economy.

Thank you! Cindy reading your post inspired me to get in the game and use their voice to it's fullest.

I am inspired to be part of the shift.

Janice Martin
December 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm
I'm a 49 year old game changer, consultant and coach, my Facebook following are primarily females 20-35. Anytime you choose with your heart, without fear, you are a game changer. You get to choose!
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