Is it a particular technique? Or is it just a catchy slogan?
I think it's a way of considering your responsibility as a leader and your relationship with the other members on your team. It's a paradigm--a way of thinking about you and a way of thinking about them. Perhaps the attached article will help you if you've never considered the concept--put the term into a search engine and read more about it.
If you've considered the concept but never acted upon it, perhaps “What Services Do Servant Leaders Provide?” will serve as a source of inspiration.
This concept of “choosing a new path” is a powerful one. First, an individual must understand that the path he or she has been on led to where they are now!
I work with leaders who attempt to solve the same problem over and over. I fully expect that I will work in the future to explain this concept. I realize that I am not able to force a paradigm shift on anyone, but I can certainly create the environment in which a leader can experience that "Aha!" breakthrough in awareness.
Take a look at Part 2 of “Choosing a New Path vs. Solving a Problem.”
Sometimes I work repetitively with a leader, and progress comes agonizingly slow. When I read Andy Stanley's new book, The Principle of the Path, I found an interesting distinction that might help.
"Solving a problem" is not the same thing as "choosing a new path." It's amazing how individuals--leaders--will continue the same behavior over and over, expecting to derive a different (better) outcome. There is an underlying expectation that change will occur--that something "out there" will be different and yield a better outcome. After years of solving problems myself, I realize that a new set of behaviors, even a new paradigm, is required for significant improvement to occur.
Maybe “Choosing a New Path vs. Solving a Problem” will make a difference for some readers.
Are you a visionary leader? Are you a vision-runner leader?
Take a look at this week's article, “Visionaries or Vision Runners?”, and see which way you function best.
A more important question is probably, "Are you linked up with a complementary leader who collaborates with, supports, and encourages you?"
Oh, I hope so. If not, get working on that right away!