Are Your Attempts At Clarity Resulting in More Confusion?

The mark of an effective leader is the ability to bring clarity into an otherwise cloudy or unclear situation. But without realizing it, leaders will sometimes inject even more confusion by making statements that are spoken on an almost daily basis. Be aware of these common leadership statements, understand why they infuse so much confusion…

4 Ways That Exaggeration Can Damage Your Leadership

As a leader you must certainly project optimism. But when you cross the line into hyperbole, your leadership is facing significant risks. Recently, a leader in my orbit described a meeting as “Quite possibly our best meeting ever!”Right away, the thought flashed through my mind, “I need to keep watching my own communication for any signs of such…

How “I Hate Meetings” Can Be Hurting Your Leadership

When you say, “I hate meetings!”, your team could be receiving a message that might be damaging your culture more than you ever realized. In recent years a virtual “movement” has sprung up in leadership circles where it has become increasingly fashionable to announce, “I hate meetings!” Often this sparks a dialogue that sounds something…

3 Ways Speaking Truth is the Kindest Form of Leadership

“The kindest form of leadership is the truth.” – Jack Welch The ability of a leader to speak the truth is not opposed to the idea of being kind. In leadership, speaking the truth is the very essence of kindness. When leaders shrink back from speaking truth in the name of “sparing their feelings”, they are,…

How to Strengthen Your Team with Tuning Fork Leadership

Subtle signs of misalignment can appear at any time on any team. The leader’s job is to restore alignment by relentlessly reinforcing clarity. This is called “Tuning Fork Leadership”. An actual tuning fork is a simple tool used as a standard of pitch to tune musical instruments. And like a piano tuner, a leader’s job is to…