Leaders come in so many shapes and colours it’s hard to define exactly what we mean by ‘leadership’ and many people even struggle to distinguish it from senior management.
But there’s one basic truth about anyone who has ever assumed the mantle: none have ever brought about significant meaningful change on their own. No matter how brilliant or formidable they may be as individuals, all depend heavily on the talent around them.
Only when they know how to achieve the right mix of unbounded creativity and technical smarts or how to harness the right amount of healthy scepticism and practical ingenuity that any so-called leader has the opportunity to turn vision into action, to make the ideal, real.
It’s one of five core challenges that every leader faces, five critical tests of character and will that determine who can – and should – lead.
Minds at Work
In 1977, Jason Clarke achieved the lowest Year 12 score in the history of his school.
Today he’s one of the most sought-after creative minds in the country, but he thinks of himself a Plumber of the Mind, the guy you go to when your head gets clogged. As founder of Minds at Work, he’s been helping people ‘think again’ since the end of the last century, working with clients across Australia and overseas in virtually every industry and government sector on issues ranging from creativity and troubleshooting to culture change and leadership.
He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing in 2030 but he’s open to suggestions.