--There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527), The Prince (1532)
All right, that's kind of my daily routine to be swimming in those currents. At the same time, I am currently reading Ayn Rand's books (quite a task given the pagecount). Call me a libertarian. What may be key success factors in my attitude that are leading to lasting results are in my view:
  1. A genuine interest in seeing things work smoother and with more performance and personnel (not personal) intrinsic satisfaction
  2. No need for being loved by the organization, or its members. Showing mutual respect and commitment is good enough. If you need love in a business, get a dog and phone a therapist fast
  3. Manifesting tangible results and getting along the front line workers, who are the ones getting tangible results anyway
  4. A constant learning regimen, along with practicing for myself what I do ask others to do. Talking the walk is important. Walking the talk is important. So, put both in a repeating cycle for best results.
  5. Being realistic on planning. If you can plan accurately at a two years horizon, I want to meet you! I can't. I can milestone plan but not detail plan. Of course, nobody knows enough for that kind of time frame and such a detailed plan is wishful thinking. No issue with you daydreaming but just be conscious that reality may not agree with you.
  6. Be willing to dig deep in order to understand the root causes of problems to avoid merely fixing the situation and rather deploy some innovative ways that help in getting large improvements.
If you have more insights about this, I'd like to hear from you in the comments.