This value is often misconstrued to mean constant compromise, but bold leaders must make tough choices. And when we as leaders move from doing one thing well to many things poorly, our organizations suffer. Leaders who hide behind balance as an excuse to avoid taking a stand for an unpopular position do themselves and their companies a disservice. In short, when balance encourages us to say yes to everything all at once, we end up saying no to leadership.
Too often collaboration is automatic, meaning that we work on something together by default instead of making the purposeful, conscious choice to do so. The default state of working should be working alone; leaders should collaborate only when they must. Depending on your role, that may mean a significant part of your job requires collaboration. But ask yourself the question: does this work really need more than me?
This value can backfire because of a leader’s need to add her own ideas. Adopting someone else’s best practice doesn’t give you the same sense of pride and accomplishment as generating a new best practice. Creating a needless innovation feels better to the innovator than does creating nothing at all. In such cases, creativity has stopped being a tool used in service of larger goals, and has become the very personal source of a leader’s narcissistic needs.
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