[vimeo id="79124943"] “Game changer” has become a real buzzword in today’s culture. Leaders want to be “game changers” in their organizations. Employees are looking for that next “game changing” idea that’s going to propel their career to the next level. As a sports fan, I love the phrase. However, I’ve found that most people don’t know what characteristics form a “game changer” or how to become one.
If you want to be a game-changing leader in your organization, here are three characteristics you need to focus on:
1. A game changer is doing something new. They don’t call it a “game maintainer.” It may seem redundant, but a game changer actually changes the game. If you want to be a game-changing leader, you’re going to have to bring something new to your organization. It may be a new idea or product. It could be a new culture or way of leading people. For leaders who’ve held their position for a while, being a game changer means challenging the status quo and constantly looking for ways to take your game to the next level.
2. A game changer is someone bold. No one has ever a celebrated a game-changing idea that was boring. When a sports player or leader is characterized as a game changer, it’s because they bring a new level of excitement to the game. Whether you’re a leader or an employee looking to be a game changer, it’s important to remember that crazy ideas are the ones that change the world. Look for bold ideas and go after them with confidence.
3. A game changer makes a difference quickly. Momentum is a factor in sports. Athletes who are characterized as game changers have the ability to come into a game and change momentum within the course of a few seconds or minutes. In the same way, game-changing leaders don’t wait around to change their organization. This is probably the most difficult aspect of being a game-changing leader. It doesn’t mean stepping into your organization like a bull in a china shop. Making a difference quickly takes creative intentionality. Listen to the issues or questions people are struggling with. Think about your past experiences and learn to draw from them to help solve those issues.
The good news is that it’s not too late to become a game changer. The game is not over and there’s still plenty of time for you to bring something new and bold to your organization. It won’t be easy. But when you’re able to become a game changer in your organization, you become indispensable and people standing on the sidelines will cheer for you as you lead your team to victory.
Who do you think of as a game changer? What characteristics do you admire most about them?