Thursday, November 29, 2007

Shades of Gray

A leader takes shades of gray and makes decisions that perhaps result in black or white answers to the recipient. To be a good leader, it's important that those impacted by those decisions understand what went into the decision and that every angle was considered.
It is a leader's obligation to never look at an issue at face value. But, their approaches are very different. There are 2 types of leaders. These are examined in Fred Kofman's Conscious Business. The leader , who thinks that their truth is the truth, doesn't listen to input or dissent. His decision is black and white since no external input is accepted. The leaders I admire and try to emulate show ontological humility. They are learners; they are listeners. These leaders can be just as decisive but their decision-making process is somewhat more complex. But, I believe those decisions are inclusive, thoughtful and thorough.
Here's to my organization's leaders... may you make many good decisions with humility and a sense of greater purpose.