Paradox: A seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true.
Leadership is rife with paradoxes, competing claims, countervailing pressures, and conflicts. There is frequently a “thesis” and an “antithesis” in leadership dilemmas, often requiring a “synthesis.” Here are some leadership paradoxes and other interesting dualities we have learned:
Bob Vanourek and Gregg Vanourek, father and son, are co-authors of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, a winner of the International Book Awards. Follow us on Twitter: @TripleCrownLead, @GVanourek.
 Thanks to Harvard’s Ron Heifitz for this insight. Sometimes leaders need to lower the expectations of followers to a more realistic and achievable level.
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