I recall a seminar I attended a few years ago, where Chris Nichols (of Ashridge Consulting) put forward the idea of thinking of leaders as lighthouses. The concept has taken on new significance at this current time, as I observe businesses flounder, adrift in an ocean of unpredictability. No business was ever created without a vision, aspirations, goals and dreams of succeeding. Yet, the prevailing climate, the gloom of the global economy, and the rhetoric of politicians and media commentators, all combine to dampen spirits and encourage business leaders to keep their heads down till conditions change for the better. The trouble with this approach is that this will not help conditions change any time soon.
People tend to feed their emotions on what is around them, and if the only diet available is pessimism, negativity and aversion to risk, then that will, more than likely, become the prevailing culture.
We need leaders to be lighthouses. But, it is no good expecting to be able to navigate your course from a single beacon at the top of an organisation. To be able to steer one’s way successfully we need many lighthouses illuminating our way. Many leaders, at all levels, who act as beacons in a sea of darkness. We need growing networks of lighthouses, whose beams combine to cast increasing clarity.
Those businesses that emerge from the current economic situation, in a stronger, leaner, and more vibrant state than others, are those that are Continue reading