As leaders we all know that we are leading people into the future. And while the future is always murky, and we are never exactly sure what our desitiona will look like, few of us lead the way Amelia Earhart did.
72 years ago today she and her navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator.
(Image courtesy of The New York Times and their On This Page service.)
Reading this this morning challenged me, and I believe it should challenge all of us leaders.
Are we stretching our vision far enough?
Are we trusting the potential of ourselves and our teams?
Are we willing to go to the unknown?
These are innovative leadership questions well worth asking, regardless of our leadership role.
Ask them of yourself.
Ask them when you are coaching and mentoring other leaders.
Ask them of participants in your leadership development programs.
The questions are useful, and the answers more important.
Amelia didn’t just ask and answer though, she followed her expanded vision and took action.
You can too – likely your risk is less than you think, and almost assuredly less than the risk she faced.