Posted by: Suresh Sundarababu | June 11, 2013

“The true mark …

“The true mark of a leader is the willingness to stick with a bold course of action — an unconventional business strategy, a unique product-development roadmap, a controversial marketing campaign — even as the rest of the world wonders why you’re not marching in step with the status quo. In other words, real leaders are happy to zig while others zag. They understand that in an era of hyper-competition and non-stop disruption, the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for something special.”
-Bill Taylor, from article “Do You Pass the Leadership Test?”

How true! It is so easy to just run with the crowd. There is nothing wrong in conforming and may even cause chaos if most don’t. But to make an impact, to leave a legacy in even a small way you got to Zig!

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  1. Discerning when to “zag” with the current and when to “zig” against prevailing forces is a mark of leadership. The power of disruption is not in the act of rebellion for the sake of notoriety, but in commitment to a vision that is novel.


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