Challenges have a way of surfacing in organizations at the most inopportune times. When they do, it is often the job of the leader to scout the new terrain, to plot a new course through the challenge and to lead the organization out of the danger and into the next chapter.
Leaders and Explorers
In this sense then, leaders and investigative discoverers share similar character traits. Both are willing to risk the safety and comfort of what is known, to embrace the risk and uncertainty of the unknown, in order to discover and thus to make a better tomorrow. One of the key components of discovery is the idea of findability. Not just the findability of the new thing, space or idea being sought, but the confidence that, found or not the discoverer can find their way back home again. It is that place of departure that gives the discoverer the confidence to venture out and to risk, knowing that the way home again – is clear. It is most often back home and among those resources that a plan can be made concerning that which was found. Link to more content regarding web Findability
The same is true of leadership. Leaders are seldom more confident to venture out and discover new ideas or new ways of doing things, than when they have a strong sense of who they are and where they are coming from. The confidence comes from the knowledge that they can find their way back home again. i.e. that their sense of identity is strong. They know who they are and where they have come from, and as a result they know how to get back there if they loose their way.
This idea of Identity as it relates to findability is applicable to individual leaders as well as organizations. Companies that have a clear sense of who they are, where they are positioned in the market, how long it took them to get there and what it takes to keep them there – have a strong sense of Identity. This Identity sets them up to withstand the risk of discovery because they have findability. They can find their way home if they don’t like what they discover and they know when they have found something different than themselves, because they know who they are by comparison.
Identity and findability are applicable to individual leadership too. As a leader, when you know who you are, what your talents are, how to leverage your strengths, what it took to get you to where you are and what you need to remain effectively there, then you have a stronger sense of Identity. From that place you will have far greater confidence to try new things, to risk and even fail, because you know who you are and how to get back to that.
Knowing your Identity sets you up to find and be found. Findability is essential to discovery. Discovery is the success of tomorrow.
Two questions then:
- Do you have findability?
- How do you discover your Strengths, your Identity?