Sharing my perspective of target condition for leadership my last posting, my question today is “what are the barriers that get in our way?” Here is my current best thinking on some of the key drivers of the gap:
A historically significant contributor to the gap has been traditional leadership thinking and practice. Most likely this has been further reinforced by a lack of awareness of what is possible. The good news is that I have been seeing this old world view diminishing steadily over the last few years as leaders experiment with new ways of thinking/leading and then sharing what they learn with their peers.
Number two in the list of contributors to the gap in my experience is “not enough time”.
What I find fascinating is that as I engage with leaders around the country, there are many out there well on their way to closing the gap and “not enough time” is not brought forth as an issue.
Given that we all have the exact same amount of time each day, me included, then why is the perspective of “not enough time” so prevalent in many leaders as the key barrier to moving forward while other leaders have seemingly moved beyond time as a restraining factor to becoming a lean leader?
Working on my hypothesis on this one…