It is easy to fall into routines. As The Huffington Post recently noted, we do it almost everyday of our lives – we wake up at the same time, go through our morning schedule (eating breakfast, taking a shower, getting dressed, brushing our teeth and so forth), go to work, come home, go through our post-work routine (dinner, television, movie, etc.) and go to sleep. Even at work, we may develop routines, whether it is for reading emails, checking client communications, taking lunch breaks or doing other daily tasks. It is predictable, but in this predictability comes a sense of comfort. When we know what is coming ahead, we feel in control.

However, the list of businesses that have enjoyed success by sticking to routines is understandably short. Complacency is never good for companies – it leads to stagnation and missed opportunities. If corporations want to succeed in their market, they need to be able to break free from the routine and take great strides toward innovation. In order to do that, they need a leader who is similarly not afraid of pushing for change and breaking out of routines to accomplish what he or she desires and believes is in the best interest of the firm.

"Leaders wander off the beaten path and forge new roadways for themselves and their teams," the news source added. "They succeed and fail more often than others. True leaders must be willing to change themselves internally to manage the external changes caused by their decisions."

Developing a mindset for chasing change
Of course, leaders themselves are just as susceptible to being lulled into routines and complacency. They are only human, and it is natural to be drawn to comfort and sameness. However, if leaders want to be the driving force of progression at their organizations, they need to not be afraid of change themselves. In other words, leaders and managers must be able to change themselves before they can change the business.

Fortunately, change is not something that is impossible to achieve. Many business leaders do this everyday, some even make it their goal of the moment when they get into a position of power. As the saying goes, if leaders are going to talk the talk, they need to also walk the walk. They must realize that to be a champion of ideas, they need to also learn how to be effective at influencing others in the company to promote change. Only by doing this can they overcome obstacles that may lay in front of the new products, services, systems and processes they are promoting.

While it can be difficult to adapt a mindset of change by one's self, leaders could consider training programs and courses that help them develop the skills they need to influence others and push for company-wide change.