Ideas Are Dangerous

“An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all.”
– Oscar Wilde

It is all too easy to hide behind the conventional, the traditional. This hiding place is often dressed in the proverbial language of wisdom: “the tried and true,” “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” “always has, always will,” “classic,” “proven methods,” and “time-tested.” But this mentality is commonly driven by fear, not vision. It becomes a habitat of security and serves to insulate from risk. While the well-insulated house keeps its cool in the heat of summer, it is not immune to the wildfires of commerce. Sometimes the best route is the route of risk. So embrace the dangerous idea that dangerous ideas are necessary for sustainability, innovation, and growth.

The Dark Side of Charisma

The idea that good leaders always have charisma is rarely questioned, but the alluring trait comes with a surreptitious dark side. In fact, according to one international authority in personality profiling, “the short-term benefits of charisma are often neutralized by its long-term consequences.” Writing for the Harvard Business Review blog, Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic argues that despite its apparent necessity in leadership, charisma in fact dilutes judgment, is addictive, disguises psychopaths, and fosters collective narcissism. “In brief,” he writes, “charisma distracts and destructs.” As an organizational leader, what steps have you taken to keep the dark side of your own charisma in check?