Effective Leadership Skills, Challenging the Status Quo, Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone – Ep. 87 Leadership Lesson #2

Effective Leadership Skills, Challenging the Status Quo, Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone – Ep. 87 Leadership Lesson #2

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Going against the grain comes with the territory as a leader— it’s often an indication you’re headed toward making truly meaningful change.

This episode is the second installment in my Leadership Lesson series- a set of episodes focused on impact leadership with an emphasis on Black History Month. I offer examples from leaders like my father, Ermon K. Jones, who helped to transform our small New Jersey community and the country at large, during a highly segregated time in American history. 

Find out why going against the status quo will always come with challengers. We’ll dive into the sentiments of leaders that came before us and explore ways you can embrace change and stand strong in the face of opposition.

Key Takeaways:

  • What all leaders have in common.
  • The fight to bring the Head Start program to a small New Jersey Community.
  • The rewards that can come from challenging the establishment or status quo.


Episode Highlights:


  • [00:06] Intro
  • [01:36] Impact leadership lesson #2
  • [02:59] An effective leader welcomes change
  • [03:59] Frederick Douglass on taking on the status quo
  • [04:57] Bringing the Head Start program to Neptune, New Jersey
  • [06:08] Speaking against opposition and fighting for transformation
  • [10:56] Toni Morrison’s lesson in language and power
  • [15:58] Outro





  • “That’s when you experience success. When you’re willing to step out into the unknown— outside of your comfort zone.” – Dr. Geneva Jones Williams [03:22]


  • “A good leader must be prepared to sidestep chaos, run around or jump over obstacles and defeat direct opposition to achieve a goal.” [03:48]  


  • “An impact leader takes the initiative to create change; To create that change in the status quo.” – Dr. Geneva Jones Williams [16:38] 

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