Can Leadership Urgency Be Taught? by Cindy Wahler at Forbes on 20 June 2014.
This article is an interesting thought piece on whether “urgency” in leadership can be taught. The author defines urgency as being composed of a number of attributes – being a self-starter, passion, embracing change, demonstrating initiative and wanting to be first. People that have these attributes are able to take their companies / organizations to the top.
Interestingly, the author assesses that most people can act (and even lead) with urgency for a limited period – I’d have to agree. I’ve seen it myself in different contexts. What is much rarer is for someone to do so for a prolonged period. If you watch them, they always seem busy and bustling yet seem to “come to life” and thrive during urgent situations.
Bottom line – I agree with the author’s assessment that urgency cannot be taught. I do believe, however, that it can be motivated for short periods of time. What do you think?