The ladder is tall enough or not is a secondary concern, is the ladder that you are stumbling on, leaning against the right wall? Stephen Covey said, if it is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster. This quote comes from the difference between management and leadership. “Is the ladder tall enough?” asked the manager. “Is it on the right wall?” asked the leader. A leader has the vision to see the ladder is leaned up against the wrong wall.
The Ladder | reposition
With the conviction and dedication you might be working hard and as efficiently and as dutifully as you might possible be able to, but it will be of no avail if you aren’t working towards your goal. If we manage our tasks at hand well, we will get a lot done in a short period. But without checking whether we are headed in the right direction, climbing it just gets us up the wrong wall faster. Management gets us up the ladder efficiently, but leadership is when we can step back and look at how we are approaching our goals.
By keeping track of our goals and the path we chose, we can use our leadership skills to make sure we’re headed the right direction. We need to reassess and re-position to keep us on track towards where we really want to end up. Sometimes they all look the same from the bottom, as you climb up, you realize that it is not what you want. The sooner you notice, the sooner you can get your ladder over to the best wall you can see from where you were.
“You may get to the very top of the ladder, and then find it has not been leaning against the right wall.”—Allen Raine.