If you can hear that line set to music, you just might know who the Baha Men are. They were the one hit wonder who released the song “Who Let the Dogs Out” in 2000.
We chose this line on purpose to drive the point – good leaders are not one hit wonders. They are the people who continually let the good ideas out. And BEST leaders are the ones who let ALL the ideas out, even the bad ones – especially the bad ones.
The distinction matters a lot.
The fact is, when an idea is born, we don’t yet know if it is good or bad. It’s not to judge until later. The best leaders are creators of ideas – prolific creators of ideas. Even bad ideas. They are not afraid of bold ideas.
How can this be, you might ask?
Leaders are visionaries – idea people. They aren’t afraid to fail. In fact, the best leaders are experts at failing. In fact, they are so learned at failing, they can turn just about every failure into something of significance for their team – even if it’s simply a lesson in pivoting.
Most people will judge an idea as “bad” out of the gate (or in their own brains before they ever let it out) because it’s something different that they’ve never seen work before.
Well, if you’ve never seen it … how can you possibly know if it will work or not?
This is where innovation is born. You have to let the ideas out!
Seth Godin, master marketer (and author of more than 17 best sellers) teaches, “The person who fails the most wins… because in order to keep failing, you’ve got to be good enough to keep playing.”
If leading during the COVID19 crisis taught us anything, it’s this … when an idea is born, don’t allow people judge it or dismiss it immediately. Have the courage to consider it in public. To comtemplate it with other people. Ideas are pure gold – every single one of them.
As the leader, you need to let the ideas out – all of them.
Filter and test them through time, resources, processes, and systems. Only then can you determine what to do with the idea – run with it, learn with it, teach with it, grow with it, or pivot with it.
If you’re ready to take your business and leadership skills to the next level, and if you think your business could benefit from more insights like what’s offered in this article, let’s start a conversation. LXCouncil may be the perfect next step!