Practical Steps to Help Young Leaders Build Leadership Momentum
If you’ve got all the passion, tools, and people you need to fulfill a great vision and yet can’t seem to get your organization in the right direction, your leadership is heading for the rocks. If things aren’t going good as it ought to, you are not succeeding as a leader. You have to put your momentum in check and get your team to action.
A powerful quotation from the German writer Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe this idea of momentum. He stated: “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back — Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth that ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”
When momentum is lacking in a leader, even the simplest task will seem impossible. An organization with momentum is like a reinforced automobile engine. If you want your organization, team, or department to succeed, you must allow your momentum to guide you and ensure that momentum spreads across the team also.
Truths about leadership momentum
In John C. Maxwell’s The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he lists 5 truths that is associated with leadership momentum. They are as follows:
Momentum is the Great Exaggeration
Because momentum has such a great impact, leaders try to control it. Momentum is like a magnifying glass; it makes things look bigger than they really are. And it’s one reason leaders work so hard to control it. With momentum, you do not worry about small problems, and many larger ones seem to work themselves out.
Momentum Makes Leaders Look Better Than They Are
When leaders have momentum on their side, people think they are geniuses. They look past shortcomings. They forget about the mistakes leaders made. Momentum changes everyone’s perspective of leadership. Once a leader creates some success for his organization and develops career momentum, then people give him more credit than expected.
Momentum Makes Followers Perform Better Than They Are
When leadership is strong and there’s momentum in an organization, people are motivated and inspired to perform at higher levels. They become more effective and efficient. Even average people perform far above average in an organization with great momentum.
Momentum is Easier to Steer
It takes a leader to create momentum. Getting started is a struggle, but once you’re moving forward you can start to do some amazing things.
Momentum is the Most Powerful Change Agent
Given enough momentum nearly any kind of change is possible in an organization. People like to get on a winning team. Followers trust leaders with a good track record. They accept changes from a leader who has led them to victory. And momentum puts victory within reach.
Momentum is the Leaders Responsibility
It takes a leader to create momentum for followers to catch. Good managers use it to their advantage. Creating momentum requires a leader with vision, who can assemble a team and motivates them. If the leader is looking for someone to motivate him, the organization is in trouble. If the leader is waiting for the organization to develop momentum on its own, he is in trouble. It is the leader’s responsibility to initiate momentum and keep it going. As Harry Tubman once said; “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen”.
Momentum Begins Inside the Leader
Momentum begins with the leader. It starts with vision, passion, and enthusiasm. It starts with energy. Eleanor Doan confirmed; “You cannot kindle a fire in any other heart until it is burning within your own”. If you model enthusiasm to your people day in and day out, you attract like-minded people to your team.