The Top 7 Reasons Why Most Followers will Never Become Disruptive Leaders

Why do we hesitate to do the impossible?

Over the past several weeks we have discussed how to become the disruptive leader who does what critics and followers claim can never be done. In this post we delve into the top 7 reasons some will followers will never lead and do the impossible.

#1. Disruption is Uncomfortable.

Obedience is Comfortable – Most don’t want to be Uncomfortable so they stay within what is comfortable, safe and predictable. No wonder they never don’t create. To disrupt, purposely get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.
Brian Tracy

#2. Disruption can be Lonely.

Most people are afraid of being alone – So they never try anything that separates them from the crowd. They act, think and live with the crowd mindset. Meanwhile, the loners see a different work, one filled with opportunities the popular ones cannot. To disrupt the status quo, step away from the crowd and appreciate your time alone to see, hear and do what the crowd cannot.

“Disruptive Leaders are rarely Popular when they are Disrupting”

Loren Murfield, PhD

StandAlone#3.  Disruption is Divergent.

Most people don’t like to be different  – So they are the same and never have the courage to offer new products and services that break from the norm.  To disrupt, break from the pack.

“Different is Better than Better”

Sally Hogshead

#4. Disruption Demands Discipline.

Most refuse to be disciplined – So they settle for the usual and results and hope their erratic processes and performance happens to work. To disrupt, discipline yourself, your team and your processes to make a creative idea great.

“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved
us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
Zig Ziglar:

#5.  Disruption doesn’t Guarantee Success.

We fear failure – So we play it safe and follow the lead of others. Many live their lives determined to avoid failure while the disruptive leader knows failure is part of the process. To be disruptive, be prepared for failure but we willing to push through to success.

“I’ve missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot…and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Michael Jordan

#6. Disruption is a Personal Mission.

Those that disrupt learned how to think independently and are determined to control their own destiny. It is a personal mission filled with passion. To be disruptive, make significant change your personal mission.

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”

Richard Branson

#7.  Disruption Makes Enemies.

Standing alone demands that we defy the group and go our own way into the rough terrain of disruption.  That doesn’t sit well with those determined to lead others on the well worn paths or followers who prefer an easy trek.  Change often leads to dissension and the disruptive leader accepts that new challenge.  To be disruptive, be prepared for opposition.

“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”

Woodrow Wilson

To seize seemingly impossible opportunities, we need a radical change in attitude, mindset and perspective as well as a higher level of knowledge, skills and goals.

  • Which of these 7 do you need to change?
  • Are you willing to risk your current comfort for reaching for the ultimate?
  • Or are you content settling for the average?

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