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Paradoxes of Leadership

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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: Serving followers and being served by followers Flexing between the hard (steel) and soft (velvet) edges of leadership Being optimistic while staying grounded in reality Having confidence and humility Being decisive and collaborative Protecting people and taking necessary “casualties” Being in charge and unleashing other leaders Getting results (ends) with integrity (means) Preserving the best of the past and embracing change Making some lonely decisions and being connected Asking and telling Speaking and listening Being patient and impatient Knowing answers and   …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