Monday, January 4, 2010

The Prerequisite of Clarity

2010 ushers in a new decade, one that will be loaded with uncertainty and contradictions. Writing on New Years Day, Seth Godin states that “change” and “frustration” are going to be the biggest trends of the new decade. Leaders with clarity will need to see through uncertainty and have the ability to discern what to do and where to go, when neither is apparent.

Clarity is a prerequisite for compelling leadership.

Bob Johansen, author of “Leaders Make the Future”, states that clarity is one of ten leadership skills that leaders will need in the upcoming decade of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Here’s a brief recap on clarity:

  • Clarity requires inner strength and discipline: leaders, even when immersed in a world of ambiguity and confusion, emerge with forward momentum.
  • Clarity requires great self-knowledge: leaders must first understand who they are becoming, and how to get there, before leading others.
  • Clarity requires external engagement: leaders communicate with inspiration and a call to action that attracts others to follow.
  • Clarity requires flexibility: leaders are clear about their destination, but flexible about the journey.

Leaders understand why people crave simple and easy answers, but should provide clarity without introducing false hope. Navigating the maze between hope and hopelessness, leaders with clarity will find a way out.

How are you relentlessly pursuing clarity in 2010?

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