Clear leadership

As part of my recent content pile herding I was reminded of “The Clear Leader” from the March 2005 issue of Fast Company magazine. Two quotes by Marcus Buckingham (with Bill Breen) come to mind:

  • “Effective leaders don’t have to be passionate or charming or brilliant. What they must be is clear–clarity is the essence of great leadership.”
  • “Clarity is the antidote to anxiety, and therefore clarity is the preoccupation of the effective leader. If you do nothing else as a leader, be clear.”

(Emphasis is mine.)