The status quo is never good enough. The best leaders I have worked with continuously challenge the thinking, blow up business models, and constantly question how they can get their organization to a better place. This is what leading the thinking is all about. When you focus on leading the thinking you will see new trends, opportunities, and risks before your competitors see them. You can shape the market rather than having the market shape you. You might uncover huge new breakthrough opportunities that get your team excited about their work. But the only way you can see these things is to dedicate time and energy to thinking about them. Your leading the thinking maxims will help you do just that.
A maxim by definition is a principle or rule of conduct. In the context of the leadership maxims approach, it is a short, personally meaningful and easily explained statement that reflects one of your beliefs about leadership. Maxims do not contain buzzwords. Maxims are simple, clear statements that serve as reminders for how you want to behave and lead and how you want your team members to behave.
I invite you to share your maxims and ideas related to leading the thinking in this forum. Simply write your maxim and share the personal story behind it in the comments below. I’ve shared a few of my own. I look forward to reading yours. If you’re interested in courses we teach related to leading the thinking, just look for the LT icon on our course listing page.