It can be hard enough to get to a good place - a thriving business, a healthy body, a safe community. Sometimes I think it's unfortunate that we can't just stay put. But muscles are always growing or shrinking, advancing or declining, however slowly or rapidly. And organizations are always doing the same. It's just the way of the universe.
So if the organization is under a cosmic mandate to advance or else... guess what kind of leader it cannot afford?
We have to be stretching and growing, too. Into new experiences, new thoughts, new territory and new ways of doing things.
Often a static leader can get by, even for a long stretch. The circumstances around him or her create a buffer that insulates the organization from the consequences of his static-ness: the market is slow to change, the people around him compensate, or the organization's position is strong enough that it takes a long time for the reality to become apparent.
But eventually - always - it catches up to us.
Here's the litmus test for whether I'm growing and stretching, or not: have I felt uncomfortable? Have I put myself in a situation where I don't even know how it will go, much less the outcome? Where I am at least a little uncertain?
The converse is the red flag of Static: I know exactly how this is going to go. I know exactly what I need to do.
We like that feeling, but it betrays us.