To Lead Is to Clarify

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You’re about to be handed a mission from above. Your career growth within the organization will be determined by how well you execute the task at hand. As you sit across the desk from your boss, your task takes shape from the words that come out of his mouth. Eager to succeed yet stressed by the circumstance, you hear the following directive:

You need to improve your performance. We need more out-of-the-box solutions from you that better leverage existing resources. In short, we need more of an impact from you in the near future. You need to take your game to the next level.

Well, there ya go, right? What are you waiting for? Go do THAT.

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It’s not just jargon that causes confusion. Passive-Aggressive behavior keeps everyone affected in a foggy confusion about the state of affairs. Perpetual use of passive voice sentence construction is a veritable magic wand for hiding the truth about accountability.

If your goal is to effectively lead your people, do yourself the service and give them the professional courtesy of clearly communicating where you want them to go, when you want them to get there, what you want them to do there, and how they will know if they’ve succeeded — otherwise known as

  • A clear mission
  • A clear deadline
  • A clear set of objectives
  • A clear set of measurements

In other words, quit trying to sound like a sophisticated leader and focus on simply being a successful one.