What it takes to be a rebel at work and break the rules!
In a recent study of the character traits of 85 self-declared workplace rebels (change leaders), character traits were examined to determine those most strong.
The strongest traits of these rebels were:
Honesty, creativity, curiosity, fairness, kindness, love of learning.
Now, this study is clearly the not a definitive assessment of the attributes of the perfect change leader (if this could ever be possible). However, what I would like to draw your attention to, in particular, is the trait of 'curiosity'.
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths". - Walt Disney
When we are children we are naturally curious. We explore, invent, discover and imagine. Curiosity is our natural way of learning about the world and our place in it. However, as we get older something happens... We are exposed to rules, processes, policies - structures that shape our thoughts about the way we are expected to live.
This dependency on structure is further reinforced during our time within our school system. We aspire toward grades, results that reflect what others say is important. It's fair to say that many of us have been handed down a mindset by our ancestors that is all about 'fitting in'. By the time we leave school, it's tempting to believe that curiosity to be different, or non-compliant, has little place in adult life.
But here is the problem. In a world that is characterised by constant change, this mindset puts us at risk