As a leader, it’s easy to sometimes slip into a mentality after a period of stability, when things are going well and the day-to-day workings of your world are moving along without more than the occasional small problem rippling the surface. But leading inside your comfort zone is average leadership at best. It is inward looking. It is “beige” leadership—and ultimately, you will be overtaken by the disruptive leader, the leader who has a growth mindset, who focuses on the positive of change, the one who has the bigger picture end-goal in their sights, the one who refuses to put themselves inside a “no thanks” box when it comes to outside thinking, influences and the possibility of change.
What is “Disruptive” Leadership?
Disruptive leadership might seem like a strange concept, since leaders have always been called on to help people work collectively toward the same, pre-defined goals.
To “disrupt”, especially within the tech industry, has been a trending term in the last few years. At its most basic level, the term means is to change the way people think, or the way things are done, usually in a business setting. Disruption can destroy or change existing markets by producing a better alternative to existing products or services, and it can even change the face of entire industries. Innovation is closely linked to disruption, but they are not the same thing. Startups are disrupting industries, innovative minds are disrupting the way we do things, and nearly everyone agrees that well-executed disruption is a good thing.