Why are there always barriers on a path to improvement? Nobel Prize winner and Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw, offers a reflection to consider as a leader.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
Real progress involves a series of iterations while applying what you have learned that involves doing things differently than what many feel is reasonable or comfortable for them. The alternative is to remain reasonable with the group and hold within a pattern of the status quo.
Warning: everything can’t be unreasonable at once. This incites bedlam and you’ll lose people. Being unreasonable for the sake of progress as a leader requires a prioritized and sequenced effort to grow with others. Their accepted actions on the road to progress are what will sustain and continually improve the efforts of the team. Unreasonable leadership for sustaining growth requires patience and a clear focus on the purpose, or what matters most.