You don’t have to be right! But you do have to make a decision! A close friend of mine’s father couple of years ago once said, “You can’t steer a parked car“. That is as true today as it was back then.
If you want to be a leader you have to make decisions that potentially are made to solve problems.
When I got my first leadership position, it was at a summer camp in the mountains of PA, and in between camp sessions our counselors usually traveled back home. But at one break we had many of our counselors stay around. I was one of the leaders that stuck around too.
I wanted to try and increase our camaraderie…plus I didn’t want everyone to be bored just sitting around an empty and noiseless camp. My plan?? Let’s go paint-balling!!!
I gathered the names of the people that would want to go and I gave my discover card number to the paint ball spot to hold our day and time. Next, I began collecting the cash from everyone who was going, but there was a problem brewing that I didn’t know of.
Everyone was getting excited about going and so was I. About a day before we were to go, the director of the camp pulled me to the side and told me that the paint ball place called and said that my credit card was declined. And right there I already felt the embarrassment of having to give back the money I collected and tell our staff that we can’t go because of my busted credit card.
But the director of the camp continued and said “…so I put it on mine. Just continue to collect the monies and give them to me after.”
I learned an important lesson about problem solving that day…simple as it may seem. I wanted to increase camaraderie so my solution was to go paint balling. But just because I made that decision didn’t make all problems stop until my “perfect decision” was done.
Just because you make a decision that could be a great one doesn’t mean that problems won’t come up within your decision while solving the initial issue. And sometimes the best thing to have is a good teammate who has your back.
What happened???? Take a look.
You don’t have to do everything right to lead forward. You just need two things:
1) Be willing to make a decision
2) At least one great teammate who believes in what you are doing
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