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.
In each of these paradoxes, we all naturally tend toward one of these two contradictory concepts. The key to mastering leadership paradoxes is to flex between the two contradictory concepts depending on the people and the situation. Sometimes the leader listens deeply, open to be persuaded; other times the leader talks passionately to persuade. Triple crown leaders are comfortable with paradox.
What paradoxes in leadership have you observed? Which are the toughest for you?
We welcome your additions to our paradox list.
Bob and Gregg Vanourek, father and son, are co-authors of Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations, winner of the 2013 International Book Awards (Business: General). Twitter: @TripleCrownLead
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