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.