While solo entrepreneurs can get by with an informal cadre of advisors, other organizations need more disciplined boards of advisors or formal boards of directors.
When onboarding into a new leadership role, it’s essential to converge into the organization before you can help it evolve, earning the right to lead before you try to lead. But that’s just the beginning. At some point you have to evolve yourself in order to lead the organization beyond unconscious competence to a new level of excellence.
Senior leaders must make the choice about where to play. Then follow through and drop the other shoe of where not to play. Make the decision. Take the bet. And then make sure everyone else understands the logic of the choice and follows through to make it happen. Play the card. Burn the bridges. Move forward.