THE SECRET OF SUCCESS IS CONSTANCY OF PURPOSE, NOTED BENJAMIN DISRAELI. Purpose has the potential to elevate people and organizations from crisis to contribution. While crisis tends to restrict our vision into the immediate, purpose expands possibilities into a meaning-filled future. Crisis is the stuff of management; purpose is ther stuff of leadership. How often do we focus on solving an urgent problem and lose touch with higher-order values and longer-term perspectives that could create more enduring contribution?
What determines or defines a crisis in your firm? A financial crash, a loss of a key person or crucial customer or key investor, a Board out-of-step with the CEO and marketplace? All can send chills through a CEO. What leadership characteristic most bridges us from ambiguity to clarity, from fear to hope, from despair to meaning? Purpose is the bridge of authentic leadership.