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The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 5th Edition by Barry Z. Posner, James M. Kouzes

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CHAPTER 6

Search for Opportunities

JOE BARSI HAS A SAYING taped to his computer that reads, “If you have not endured the most difficult, you cannot become the most successful.” Leaders like Joe understand that you don’t get any place different if you just keep doing the same things over and over again. Getting out of routines and ruts requires treating every job and assignment as an adventure. This involves putting your head up and looking all around, and being willing to invest your time and energy in finding out about other possibilities.

Joe’s personal-best leadership experience involved reviving a branch office of one of the world’s leading global third-party logistics providers, and this required changing their business-as-usual environment. ...

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