The Choice Is Yours

Determining the future involves choices. Some choices are not going to be pleasant or easy, and some are not going to be popular. Most will affect the future of your organization. Choosing the right direction involves evaluating alternatives and ideas and deciding which are in alignment with the values and vision of your organization. A choice that does not satisfy these conditions is ineffectual and inappropriate.

Choosing the right direction involves opening your mind to new thoughts and ideas and deciding which to include in your strategic plan. Knowing where you go from here is up to you. Whether you follow the path to mediocrity or personal success is a matter of your own free choice.

Bennis, in his book On Becoming a Leader said "... leaders are people who are able to express themselves fully...they know who they are...what their strengths and weaknesses are, how to deploy their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses. They also know what they want, why they want it, and how to communicate what they want to others in order to gain their cooperation and support."

Who you are today is the result of choices you have made over many years. Your future is the result of the choices you make today. Choose carefully, and choose the best.

When these conditions are clearly understood, people throughout the organization can be involved in the process. They can begin to choose new processes and discover innovative techniques to more quickly achieve the organizational goals. The choice to implement a leadership development process that helps people develop personal skills and competencies is critical. Leadership is first being, and then doing.