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Are You a Great Leader? You May Be Distorting Reality

November 13, 2012

Daily ReadAre You a Great Leader? You May Be Distorting Reality

Every great leader possesses a degree of what Walter Isaacson describes as “an ability to distort reality.” This has a positive side – where a leader pushes employees to create things that they never thought possible. It also has a down-side that can lead to tensions and bad decisions. Here are 3 things that great leaders tend to get wrong:

  1. The time needed to do things -Visionary leaders work at such strategic heights that they consistently underestimate how long it actually takes to get stuff done. This will inevitably lead to a frazzled team force producing gum-and-glue solutions.
  2. The relative importance of people and ideas – the tendency to categorize everything–every idea, every person–at extremes. An idea is either brilliant or it sucks. There’s no in-between.
  3. (Inability to comprehend) What other people hear you say – visionary leader who talk to think (as many do), may completely confuse listeners who are unknowingly engaged in a brainstorming sessions, and when the leader moves to instruction-giving mode, they often assume everyone else can read their mind and follow them.

If you find you possess on of these reality-distorting traits, you may need to burst their own bubble to get back in reality, because most likely no one else will or can burst it for you!

Read entire article at: http://www.inc.com/les-mckeown/3-things-every-great-leader-gets-wrong.html

 

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