As a leader, one of your key roles is to anticipate and make change in order to ensure that your organisation continues to achieve sustained success. If a an organisation is performing well, it is tempting for leaders to fall into the trap of believing that if something is not broken, it does need fixing. Yet in truth, leaders need to be able to continually innovate so they their organisation and they personally achieve success. Innovation requires leaders to think outside of the box. Thinking out of the box is about unlocking creativity. So what are the 5 key benefits of thinking out of the box?
Benefit 1: You generate more possibilities
Leaders who are creative will spend time thinking about how to take the business forward. They will question how they can create something new or perhaps even deliver an existing service in a different way. For example, look at how many organisations are now leveraging the capabilities of the internet to deliver their services. This brainstorming or considering options will generate more possibilities, which in turn will generate more solutions, actions and results.
Benefit 2: You step out of your comfort zone
It is said that you cannot get to the next level by continuing to do what you always did. In other words you need to be willing to take chances. When you think out of the box, you will initially worry that you don’t know how to do something, don’t have the resources, the time, etc to name just a few. The successful leaders know that whatever problem or challenge they face there is a solution to it and it is just a matter of finding it. Finding the solution is likely to require you to step outside of your comfort zone. For example, some might worry about how they will be perceived if they ask for help. Leaders see this as part of their development. If you want to step out of your comfort zone, try looking at it from different perspectives.
Benefit 3: You learn a lot
Every time you take action you get a result. It might not be the result you were expecting but you will definitely get a result. If it is a successful result you keep looking for ways of applying to other situations. If you are unsuccessful or get a different result than you expected, you learn a lot. Take that learning and use it to help you to be a better leader.
Benefit 4: You focus on the result
As a leader you are judged on the results that you get. While there will be other variables that will contribute to your overall performance assessment, bottom line it is results that matter. When you are thinking out of the box, the focus will always be on achieving results and finding ways of delivering results, more efficiently, more effectively and more economically than you currently do.
Benefit 5: You inspire others
If you are a leader who thinks out of the box and encourages others to do the same, you will inspire and motivate others. Your team will start to focus on delivering results, become comfortable in taking chances, making mistakes and learning from them. They will be more creative and willing to step out of their comfort zone because they know they can rely on you as the leader to support you.
Bottom line – Thinking out of the box is key to achieving results. What permission do you need to give yourself to start thinking out of the box?