When we hear the term “dangerous leader”, we usually think about negative characteristics that make someone unsafe. However, there is another kind of dangerous…the good kind.
I know “dangerous leaders” who are so incredibly good that they intimidate all other leaders in the room. They lead bigger AND they lead better than their peers. They take risks that seem to consistently pay off. They are unpredictable…and thus “dangerous”. Apple has a reputation of being “dangerous” when they innovate their products and leapfrog the competition.
I recently crossed such a threshold with one of my teams. I had been unsuccessful at motivating important changes that were needed…and it was because I depended too deeply on the team leaders. I was fearful of making changes that might have led to losing them from the team.
Fortunately, I realized what was holding me back. I began to initiate the changes needed and stopped worrying about who would stay or go. I cast vision for the next mountain we needed to climb. I became “dangerous” because I let go of my fear.
Now, the leaders are rallying towards the new vision. We are all becoming “dangerous” because we are all radically better leaders. We are joining together to win, no matter the cost.
That is what is means to be dangerous. Are you?
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