REALITY #18: No!

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It’s short.  If offered properly, it sends a clear message.  How, to whom, and when you use it are three essential factors in either its success or its failure.  It should only be used after rational, reasonable, and will-intended thought.  An essential part of that thought process must include its potential for both intended and…

REALITY #17: Regardless of the outcome, charismatic leaders own their decisions.

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Leaders who refuse to take ownership of their decisions, are not leaders at all.  Whether they blame others, offer excuses, or ignore reality altogether, leaders who refuse to accept responsibility when a plan or an initiative fails, sacrifice significant organizational credibility.  They do so because they have abdicated one of the most essential responsibilities of…

REALITY #16: When leaders fail to imagine, their organizations are often unprepared to react to extraordinary events and trends.

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What do the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001, and the Covid Pandemic of 2020, all have in common?   Before they happened, they were essentially unimaginable.  They were each well beyond the norm.  They were by their very nature something that challenged the lessons of experience and pushed the…

REALITY #15: Leaders are intellectually curious, and as a result they are active learners.

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When leaders diminish or lose their intellectual vigor, their leadership potential is quickly and unquestionably compromised.  In such a weakened state, their effectiveness and their career longevity are significantly reduced.   Empowered leaders are life-long learners.  Their intellectual curiosity is active.  When it comes to their ongoing development, they are never lazy.  They know that the…

REALITY #14: The difference between that which is equal and that which is equitable can be enormous.

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Just because something is equal does not mean it is equitable in its intent, its impact, or its net effect.  In fact, totally equal treatment of unequal people is generally inequitable.  This very real state of disequilibrium between equality and equity has been part of the human condition since the beginning of time. By simple…

REALITY #12: There can be an enormous disparity between assumptions and eventualities.

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A significant element of leadership, regardless of the type of organization being led, is the process of developing reasonable assumptions.  Rational assumptions set the stage for organizations to plan, prepare, and act or react in their best interests.  Even though assumptions may later prove to be incorrect, they need not permanently weaken nor destroy an…