When the right leader and the right moment come together, incredible things happen.
Winston Churchill described it as: “There comes a special moment in everyone’s life, a moment for which that person was born. That special opportunity, when he seizes it, will fulfill his mission – a mission for which he is uniquely qualified. In that moment he finds greatness. It is his finest hour.
Reading a situation and knowing what to do are not enough to make you succeed in leadership. Only the right action at the right time will bring success. Anything else exacts a high price.
To be an effective leader, you must overcome whatever keeps you from moving forward.
If you don’t seize the moment, 4 things could happen:
1) Your fate will be like the rest of the crowd.
a) Sometimes it’s easy to buy in to the notion that we are special and won’t have to take the risks of earlier generations. But that is a myth. If we don’t take risks, we can never expect to rise to the occasion.
2) You will be replaced by someone else.
a) It is not necessarily the giftedness of the leader that rises to the occasion; it’s more often the leader’s willingness to move when and where it is time.
3) You could lose more than opportunity.
a) Although doing the right thing at the right time can seem risky, in the long run, leaders incur a greater risk by not taking action.
4) You could miss out on your mission in life.
a) You will never accomplish your mission by remaining idle. What paralyzes you? Fear? Image? Regardless of what keeps you from pursuing an opportunity, you will succeed only by making one timely decision after another.
There is no such thing as zero risk in leadership. But when you determine to seize a ripe opportunity despite the risk, you build momentum.
Author K. Meador is a mom to two grown sons who are currently pursuing their adult lives outside the home. She enjoys history, aviation, writing, and romance. In addition, she enjoys photography, walking, and visiting with family and friends. For the past several years, she has traveled with her job and has now settled down in Oklahoma City area.
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