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The Three Most Important Questions About Your Leadership

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Here are three critical questions to ask yourself before you undertake the responsibility of leading other people: What is the difference between “the leader” and “leadership”? Why do you want to lead? Whom do you serve? Let’s discuss each one. What is the difference between “the leader” and “leadership”? “The leader” is the historical leadership model that has led us astray so often. It focuses on the skills, attributes, and qualities of the “the leader.” It tells us what each of us must do to become a leader: be more decisive, have a vision, know the answers, demonstrate charisma, and more. There is much value here, but it causes trouble when it locks in the assumption there can only be one leader. Of course, having multiple leaders on the same   …Continue Reading


Why Is Leadership So Difficult? Paradoxes (and How to Master Them)

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After thousands of years and countless words written and spoken about leadership, why is it still so hard to get it right? Perhaps because leadership is rife with paradoxes? A paradox includes two contradictory concepts both of which are true. We recount some of them here. Leaders are: Adaptive and persistent. Asking and telling. Bosses and servants. Committed and flexible. Confident and humble. Courageous enough to lead and follow. Demanding and forgiving. Warfield generals and sanctuary seekers.  Fierce and fun.  Focused on the future and the present.  Hard and soft.  Impervious and vulnerable.  Inspiring and inspired.  Lonely and connected.  Masters of change and stewards of history.  Nimble and solid.  Open to criticism and resolute against attacks.  Optimistic and realistic.  Passionate and temperate.  Patient and impatient.  Persuasive and persuadable.  Respected and   …Continue Reading