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On Leadership and Denial

I had an interesting coversation last night and the topic of leadership came up. Several years ago I was trying to improve my own performance and dived into the plethora of leadership literature out there. John Maxwell, Jack Welch and others have written many great things on the topic but recent chats among friends have crystallized some of the ideas for me.

Three Jobs of Leadership

There are three things that a leader has to do.

Broken Leaders

“We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.”  – Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Sometimes leaders break. Overcome by failures of conditions or character and they fall into one of two patterns.

Both are forms of denial that poison an organization’s effectiveness. It is hard but every leader must balance the yin and yang of vision and reality or risk falling into the worst state of all. A loss of credibility and hallucination of success.  (Rule #13)

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