As leaders I think there is very little we can do today to impact today’s results. I would submit that leadership is managing change and preparing for the future. Leaders need to be thinking one, two or more years into the future. Our job is to prepare the company for the future opportunities and challenges.
This, according to Steve Jobs, is the heart of his approach to making decisions:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path” – Stanford Commencement Address, 2005.
In succession planning, our goal is to create as many successful paths to accomplish our objectives. Teaching our leadership team to manage into the future is a critical skill. I suspect as a CEO you have a well-developed gut to anticipate the future. How are you transferring the gut to provide your leadership the ability to make knowledgeable decisions regarding the future? If you are not developing this skill set in them – do you have a horse only you can ride?