Breaking Through the Status Quo in Your Leadership



I was never keen with the concept “status quo.”  If you are like me, I thrive in dynamic and organic leadership.  Things are never a constant, things change.  I like being part of maximizing opportunities, realizing goals and developing outcomes that will change a deaf person’s life.  In my world, if there is an opportunity to ultimately create a significant impact on the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people, I will seize that opportunity.  So apparently, status quo and my leadership just don’t exactly gel.

According to the dictionary, status quo means existing state of affairs.  To me, status quo is purposefully putting something on hold or in a lull state. Depending how you look at it, it can be a positive or a negative thing.  In the world of leadership, status quo should be managed with care and purposeful planning.  This window of time may create an opportunity for you to breathe and to refocus.  However, it also may be an opportunity to systematically deter your leadership momentum. I describe it as a slow, unsuspecting death.

Whether status quo is instituted by an external force or faced with a personal challenge, I usually take the idea “status quo” with a grain of salt and view it as a temporary event.  As a leader, I choose to find this opportunity to strengthen my leadership or business case.  Strengthening or rebuilding your leadership will simply redefine or amplify the purpose of your work.   Status quo does not define you or your work. It is what you do with it.

Some helpful tips when breaking through the status quo in your leadership:

  • Define what “status quo” means to your leadership or the work?
  • Is it a catalyst for positive change or a deterrent to sabotage your leadership or work?
  • Elicit a trusted mentor to filter the status quo.
  • Create an action plan to deal with the status quo.
  • Take action.

Don’t be afraid to challenge the status quo.  Believe in your leadership and your work.


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