Convictions and Your Leadership
One of the definitions of conviction from Oxford is a “firmly held belief or opinion.” These deep beliefs within us can be leveraged for great action or on the flip side, even great resistance to change. What are your convictions?
Change is difficult and creating sustainable change can seem nearly impossible at times. We can talk about motivation, be optimistic, and creating will power as well as offering rewards for those we are seeking to change, including ourselves, but to get to truly sustainable change, it isn’t often enough. As a leader of change, the foundation for it will ultimately come from what you truly believe, it will come from your convictions with respect to improvement or whatever changes you are trying to make. If you don’t have these convictions clarified and truly believe in them, how can others embrace them?
A recent sermon talked about convictions for us as people of faith and they were eye opening and impactful. I won’t note them all but the the pastor told us the first was we are all dying and going to die. No one is cheating or getting out of it. That’s a almost harsh conviction but he’s right. Knowing that reality of us being mortal, would that change your mindset and thinking? Would it make you more tuned in to finding your purpose, knowing we have a very small finite time on earth?
Death is a hard conviction we must all face. If you unpack that in terms of leading change or lean efforts, the same depth of convictions must be held if you are going to be authentic and influence others to ultimately empower them to do the same. That message above strongly correlated convictions with habits and the relationship with them. Convictions are needed but they are beliefs, and so action is needed to make them reality and live congruently with them. This is where habits come in. With your convictions, do you practice consistently with habits and actions in line with them?
The example of knowing we are all dying as a conviction may change your pursuit of purpose in life and drive different habits and actions on how to live. It’s no different with your convictions as a change focused leader. If you have deep convictions on lean or continuous improvement, your habits and actions as well as your overall demeanor will likely change. Perhaps so deeply it becomes part of your purpose. Do you truly and deeply believe in change or continuous improvement? Is it a conviction that improving yourself, others around you, and your business isn’t something casual to take lightly but something required?
If you embrace your deep convictions as a leader, you will change your ways and begin looking to help others do the same. This is where you get the momentum that will create the lasting, sustainable change we are looking for. If you we all have a short time on this earth, even shorter time periods as a leader or influencer, wouldn’t we want to help as many others as we could and then have them do the same? Friends, this is how lean thinking can spread quickly and how real improvement can take root.
Change is hard but change is worth it. In us, in others, and in our work. Because on the flip side, there will be others with deep convictions that may oppose you. This is where the test of your convictions (and theirs) will come into play. Who has the deeper convictions and who can communicate as well as demonstrate them effectively? We should embrace people who have different beliefs and opposing thinking, and try to help align with them. Leverage their passion and help them see the positives in change. You will create strong supports with the same level of passion when you do.
Find your convictions in your life and work, embrace them, and then focus your efforts to make the maximum impact around you. We all only have so much time. So make that time count and be the inspirational change leader you are destined to be.