One of the mantras from the Alia Innovation Cohort states: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.”

 It is a good reminder for those trying to impact change. While it is far easier to make the decisions yourself, to decide on the changes and even to move forward in implementing them, this solo mentality can only get you so far. In order for the change to be infused in the organization, for there to be buy-in, and for the change to last, you must first gain the support of others. And although that takes more time on the front end, it always pays dividends in the long run.

It reminds me of the quote attributed to Jack Welch: “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” The only way to achieve ongoing success is to inspire others to come along with you on the journey.

As you aim to move your organization forward, ensure that you go there with others so you go far even if you don’t start out going fast.


About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

I'm the chief connector at leadership dots where I serve as "the string" for individuals and organizations. Like stringing pearls together to make a necklace, "being the string" is an intentional way of thinking and behaving – making linkages between things that otherwise appear random or unconnected – whether that be supervising a staff, completing a dissertation or advancing a project in the workplace. I share daily leadership dots on my blog to provide examples of “the string” in action. I use the string philosophy through coaching, consulting and teaching to help others build capacity in themselves and their organizations. I craft analogies and metaphors that help people comprehend complex topics and understand their role in the system. My favorite work involves helping those new to supervision or newly promoted supervisors build confidence and learn the skills necessary to effectively lead their team.

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