The leader’s dilemma agenda

Excerpt from Strategy & Leadership

“A critical task of leadership is recognizing, acknowledging and interpreting the enterprise’s core dilemmas in a timely and useful fashion. When leaders do this well, they bring meaning, coherence and alignment to organizational efforts. When they don’t, they open the door to the kind of confusion, aimlessness and self-doubt that eventually derails an organization and renders it ineffective. The best leaders are remembered for how they articulated a crucial issue that contained trade-offs and risk and then blazed a new path for their group or organization. Think of some the great leaders of history: Moses (faith, rebellion and freedom versus slavery and security)…”

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