Are you the fanatic on the rooftop?

Sitting in the lonely boardroom with the muffled sound of the company’s daily work filtering in, we talked with a leadership team about bringing their disengaged employees out of the dark and into a new, brighter reality. Their leadership team wanted something better for their people, but had no idea how to make it happen.

Leaders face the mountainous challenge of inspiring their people towards new heights and better work every day. They must be tirelessly promoting their goals, values and endeavours in a way that connects with their people and allows them to take responsibility and ownership not just as a group, but as individuals as well.

The first step for doing this is to be clear and decisive in the messages that you use. You need to be rock solid in your convictions in order to wield the influence necessary to garner the commitment and trust from your followers.

The second step is to be unyielding in your desire to achieve it, to never waver in your belief.

Seth Godin wrote, “In the battle between two ideas, the best one doesn’t win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the fearless heretic behind it.”

To be an outstanding leader, you need to be a bit of a fanatic. You have to have a burning desire that emanates from you and draws others to its light and warmth so they too want to be part of it.

You need to know what your vision is, and then you need to be courageous enough to make the climb and shout it from the rooftop.