My friend Larry [who has interviewed hundreds of IT and business execs over many years] said to me the other day, “this is a time for leadership — complete individuals.” Larry’s always coming up with clever descriptors, but I find this an especially interesting concept not often applied to the workplace. Making all parts of oneself intentionally present and involved. Am I pulling inner strength I didn’t know I had, or didn’t want to put the effort into? Am I admitting some uncertainty while still knowing where we need to go? Am I showing myself to be an accessible human being who’s openly facing my people and their need for leadership? Now more than ever, strong leadership from complete leaders is what will bring organizations successfully to the other side. This means perhaps some extra time, some extra effort, some extra courage, and the honesty to be human together even in the face of tough odds. If you’re feeling in need of some inspiration, try Kenneth Brannaugh giving Henry V’s St. Crispins Day speech – an all time favorite of mine.
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