Our goal as leaders should be to create sustainable success, not just short-term gains or profits. Sustainable success means creating a brighter future not only for ourselves but also for those who come after us.
When we are only concerned with short-term success, our leadership becomes about us rather than the people who follow us; with short-termism, we are looking to get in and out quickly, and then move on to bigger and better things.
When we take this approach any success that is achieved will be quickly lost and things will soon revert back to the way they were. We would be able to deny that it was our fault as we are no longer there and that the reversal didn’t happen on our watch.
But irrespective of this, it’s still our fault.
Sustainable success takes longer to create, we need to focus on changing culture, embedding new processes, and new ways of working.
This takes time, we need to plant the seeds of change, nurture them, allow them to take root, and then water them until they grow strong.
When we do that, when we take our time and let the roots develop and grow strong, then the probability of a reversal is much lower.
Our goal should always be to achieve sustainable success which will endure longer than our tenure as a leader.
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