Last week I wrote an article entitled, “Leadership and Political Correctness – 5 Questions” (Click here to read).
It was amazing for me to see the written responses - and to hear the comments from those people with whom I interact locally. The topic of political correctness seems to have hit a discussion stream that is on the top of many people’s minds of late.
Leaders today face a gauntlet of social issues – and it would be difficult (at best) to address each of them objectively. Yet one of the issues that is affecting decision-making for those who lead is political correctness.
Rather than trying to sort it out in the context of this email blog, I will simply point out that there are (at least) five questions that surface when I consider the implications that evolve from the current climate of “political correctness:”
People are more likely to follow and respect a leader they trust.
...and are less likely to follow - and will never respect - a leader they do not trust.
I just wish our political leaders - from all of the political parties - understood this.
And lived accordingly.
I know, this should have been a Tweet, not a blog post.
Yet sometimes less is more.
Unless it is trust; in which case "more" wins every time.
In response to a recent Leadership Notes article, my friend Sean Meenan replied as follows:
“5 simple words... leadership for dummies, ‘Inspire to lead or retire.’"
James Kouzes and Barry Posner do a good job of unpacking this a bit further in their book, A Leader’s Legacy. The following excerpt spells out the above principle in more specific terms:
Last week we discussed Authenticity in Leadership and concluded (together with research from Harvard Business School) that Character matters. This week we take a brief look at the Character of a truly remarkable leader.
Last week I quoted a Harvard Business School study regarding the importance of communication in Leadership.
The next question is this, "When it comes to communication and marketing, is there a Best tool avaialble?" Yes. The answer is Video, as illustrated above.