#Leadership: Challenging The Status Quo by Lolly Daskal


One of my favorite leadership thinkers is Lolly Daskal. I admire her fresh approach. Jim 

“Every single leader, movement, and organization that has ever wanted to create greatness has had to challenge the status quo.

Leaders challenge the status quo to entice improvements.

Organizations challenge the status quo to assemble advancements.

People challenge the status quo to dig deeper into development.

Challenging the status quo takes an open mind, open heart, and open will.

To have an open heart, you need to inspire and encourage others to take a chance.

To have an open will, you must be willing to risk and take bold steps.

To have an open mind, you need to constantly be learning and growing.

To make a difference, to have an impact, and to become great we must do the unorthodox thing.

Every challenge involves confronting the status quo. This precept means we have to test the unproven, dive deep in the unspoken, and challenge the unchallenged.

To move from mediocrity to greatness, we must venture out.

To build something substantial, we must take a strong stand.

To create something meaningful, we must create significance.

Nothing great is ever achieved by doing things the way they have always been done.

To challenge the status quo we must take one fearless choice at a time, one brave decision at a time, one courageous action at a time.

These choices, decisions, and actions transform challenges into exploration, risk into reward, and fear into determination.

Start by asking yourself:

What needs to be challenged?

What needs to be improved?

What is the greatest risk?

What can I expect?

What can I learn?

Read more via “Diversity Now”: Leadership: Challenging The Status Quo by Lolly Daskal.


Jim Woods is president of The Jim Woods Group. A management consulting firm. Go here to see his work www.jimwoodsgroup.com. He advises and speaks to organizations large and small on how to increase top line growth in times of uncertainty and complexity. Some of his speaking and consulting clients include: U.S. Army, MITRE Corporation, Pitney Bowes, Whirlpool, and 3M. See more at his website www.jimwoodsgroup.com.

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