The No-Happy-Medium Rule for New Leaders?

Happy Mediums don’t work! Let me tell you why.

I get asked this questions quite a bit when I speak at conferences. I was recent;y presenting at a conference in Anchorage, Alaska when a session participant asked:

“How do I create a happy medium as a new leader?


Besides, cars in the middle of the road get swiped on both sides!

On the other hand, here’s what you can do:

  1. Develop a personal leadership strategy based on your values.

  2. Share it, and ask your team how can they add to it. You may even want to sponsor a lunch.

  3. Welcome the firing squad to pick it apart, but only if they’re going to provide alternatives.

  4. Create a realistic time-table for implementation. Change is tough, but possible. Ever been on a diet?

  5. Trust yourself to hold the team accountable, and trust the team to operationalize. Tweak where necessary.

  6. Repeat.

This is a phenomenal cycle of success when new leaders allow themselves to be patient enough to see it crystallized. Forming alliances and influencing the team is your fundamental expectation as a leader. Learn your C.O.R.E. (Consistencies, Opportunities, Resilience, Enthusiasm) and watch your strategy soar. Or continue to flounder in happy medium world.