Thought for the Week: Clear Direction

"If you cry 'FORWARD' you must, without fail, make it plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a monk and a revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?"–Anton Chekhov

One of the most crucial issues to keep in mind as a leader is that your experience, your exposure and your perspective is unique to you. You are the one who has researched, reflected and formulated your vision. No matter where you fit in seniority or influence, you have at the very least thought more about what needs to be accomplished than have your followers.

Compass So when you announce (trumpet?) your vision, you are coming from a different place than the rest of your team. The direction is clear to you because you started before the others. The ability to communicate this direction, not from where you are but from where your followers are starting, is a key to effective leadership.

You are accountable for what others understand. Remembering that each person will use their own filters, you need to get feedback about your message to ensure that everybody understands what "FORWARD" means. Taking this time at the beginning can save immeasurable effort and frustration later as you try to corral others toward your vision.

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