Good leaders innovate; they challenge the process. The job of a leader is to inspire others to get to where they want to go. Or bringing what we desire to see in the future today. They challenge the status quo. They take risks. They help people become more creative and innovative in bringing change.

Challenge the Process

Leaders must find creative and innovative ways to improve. Challenging the process means leaders are never satisfied with the status quo. Their job is not only to bring us to the future but, more importantly, for us to enjoy what we have in the present.

Good leaders ask how employees can do their jobs faster, cheaper, and better. They look for ways to satisfy, delight, and make their customers fall in love.

Challenging the process is simple.

The goal of an effective leader is to recondition your team to be solution-focused rather than problem-focused.

Jim Rohn

Search for opportunities.

No wonder they find opportunities even in times of crisis. The darker the world becomes, the more we need leaders who can adapt.

These leaders have kusang-palo or initiative. They don’t wait for commands. Instead, they search for opportunities to make and add value.

You can do this too. You can ask your direct reports, your bosses, and your co-workers for pains they want to eliminate. You can ask your customers what they hate about your products and services, then find ways to solve them.

Often, we have complaints from clients. But it is the complaints that will make our leadership better.

Experiment and take risks.

Creativity and innovation do not grow in between your ears. They grow with action. Your experiences will enrich your creative powers.

Volunteer for new projects. Suggest new projects. You need to practice and generate small wins to develop your creative muscle.

Challenging the process may require some mistakes and missteps. So, it is okay to start small and learn from your experience. As you develop your creative skills, you’ll gain the confidence to take care of big projects.

So, don’t be afraid to take risks. You can climb your mountain one step at a time.

Start where the people are. Be willing to listen to them and discover the change they want to see. Then, encourage them to act. Leadership is about making a difference.

Jef Menguin


Continue learning. I recommend that you explore the following leadership articles.

  • How Successful Leaders Create Value. What does it really mean to create value? Transform the lives of people who you intend to use your products and services. 
  • How to Encourage Creative Leaders. Today, we need creative leaders. In the olden days, people worry about how to divide the economic pie among themselves. 
  • Increase Leadership Capability. Leadership capability refers to how a leader uses his skills and abilities to get things done. 
  • Learning Leadership from Books. I met a training manager last week. He was looking for someone who could help them develop leaders. His company needs leaders who can inspire and equip people.
  • Seven Leadership Challenges in a VUCA World. Many leaders fail in two areas: appreciation and engagement. In many organizations, the blame for the inability to get things done almost always falls on the employees. 
  • Six Steps for Adaptive Leadership. The tips in this article are for school leaders. However, the six steps you can find here can be applied to any organization.
  • The Relentless Leadership of Leni Robredo. Leni Robredo is a relentless leader – unyielding, unbending, determined, never-ceasing, and persistent. Leni has been helping us Filipinos navigate through the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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