How have we come to think that someone can become a great leader without being controversial or upsetting at times?
Leadership is a tough, often isolated role.
The leader must make decisions, deliver messages, and convey information that can upset some. Not every leader is up to this task. As a result, some leaders water down their messages or avoid addressing a subject in a timely and direct manner.
This helps no one. The organization goes down the wrong path, money is wasted, and lives are impacted. If something needs to be said, “say it.”
Quick Challenge: The next time you are faced with conveying bad news, choose to speak the truth in a respectful, timely, clear, and compassionate manner.
Patrick Leddin, PhD is a speaker, global leadership consultant, and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University with a thriving leadership blog and podcast, and 25-years of leadership experience. He offers an unparalleled mix of academic rigor and real-world experience.