We all heard about the black sheep and we directly associate it with something negative. But why? The black sheep is always the sheep that gets out of the crowd, you can’t ignore her, you can’t not notice her. I think this was the way that most of the people decided to face the ones that are not like them, in a good or bad way. Instead of black sheep let’s call that person The challenger.
The Challenger is the kind of person that most of the weak leaders are afraid of and the kind of person that most of the great leaders are looking for. Why? Because The challenger take the things further, challenges the others, makes the other think more and, most of all, strives for success.
I met some challengers and what I noticed they all have in common is that they see the things how the others can’t see, they search for unconventional and most of them have a strong personality.
They are hated by their team workers until they are understood or, in the worst case scenario, they are hated for a long time. To have this kind of person in your team has advantages, but also can have disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage is that they are hard to control and to manage, especially if you don’t have their speed or if you don’t find a way to make them understand the “why?” behind everything you do or they have to do, or, if don’t gain their respect (this is the rarest case, but it can happen). Also, they can be really stubborn and they want to do the things only in their way. Here it is important to try to reach a compromise or to have very good arguments.
The advantage is that they strive for excellence, they can have innovative ideas and they don’t give up until they get the results that satisfies them. The challengers are motivated mostly by the success they brought for the team. You could say that they have a key role in the team, by the way they are and by the things they can do.
Steve Jobs once said :
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.”
Even though not all the challengers change the world, they strive for this.