If You Can't Communicate, You Can't Lead (Part 1)

The longer I lead the more I’m convinced, communication is perhaps the most difficult aspect of leadership. I know this may seem strange. Even as I write this, I am asking myself, “Can this be right?” It seems like vision, strategy, competition, even people, would all top the list of what makes leadership challenging.

Seeing Is Knowing

The higher you go in an organization, the more important it is for you to know the truth… and the harder it is to get. This is not a new phenomenon. Leaders have known this throughout history. Unfortunately, we often forget how important this is. When we do, the organizations we lead are in jeopardy.

One-Page Bias

How do you like for people to communicate with you? Have you ever thought about it? After some brief reflection, it was clear to me: I have a one-page bias. I receive information best when it has been distilled down to its essence. Here’s something else I’ve discovered over the years: a lot of other people share this same bias.

The Power of AND

The fourth practice in the Great Leaders SERVE model is Value Results and Relationships.  This is the most difficult of the five practices for many leaders - it's certainly the most difficult for me. When I ask other leaders why this is so hard, they all know.


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