True Leaders Believe Dissent Is an Obligation

17 January 2017

“Humility in the service of ambition is the most effective and sustainable mindset for leaders who aspire to do big things in a world filled with unknowns”.
So argues Fast Company cofounder William C. Taylor, in this concise but thought-provoking piece posted on HBR.org.
Taylor, author of Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, chips away at some common misperceptions of leadership, including the idea that leadership means giving direction rather than taking it, and the notion that having ambition precludes exercising humility.
He believes the most effective leaders are ones who successfully create a culture in which individuals are not only willing to express dissenting opinions, but feel obliged to. This requires both self-assurance and a whole hearted belief in the value and positive potential of encouraging thoughtful dissention.
We teach our children to speak up and speak out, not to follow the crowd blindly, and to take a stand when it matters. So why shouldn’t we want and expect the same of our employees?
Read More Here

Related Posts

Staring Down the Change Monster

Staring Down the Change Monster

Have you noticed how many things are changing all around you? Have you noticed how the pace of change is picking up speed and seems more unpredictable than ever before? Have you ever worried you and your organization are not going to be able to change fast enough to keep up?

read more
Find Your True Voice as a Leader

Find Your True Voice as a Leader

Do you feel your communication style resonates well with all the different people you interact with on a daily basis? Do your messages land the way you intended them to?

read more