The Courage To Speak Truth To Power

This blog post was written by Alexander Mackenzie, Ninety Days’ leadership consultant and coach. 

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;  courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Winston Churchill

In the everyday working life of a leader, you can be sure that far more problems will arrive than can ever be solved. Every part of the organization calls for attention and every individual requires guidance. Every one needs to feel that a secure hand is on the steering wheel and that the organization has a route into the bigger picture of the future. Time and again the leader is faced with the impossible challenge of having to be in three places at the same time and knowing that nobody other than the leader will manage the latest crisis with sufficient ingenuity and courage. Or is there a different way?

Information piles stack the shelves and clog the hard drive. The right people are not even talking to one another never mind sorting out the problem. And fear stalks the corridors of power robbing the best of creativity, verve and success. At the heart of the problem, the art of being fearless is a dying leadership trait.

This blog is about restoring the art of fearless leadership in the places where it matters most. It makes the clear point that where brains and passion stand side by side a new level of creative endeavour is born. It holds up the argument that being calm and mindful in the maze of crisis is clearly the best way to foster new and interesting solutions to what once seemed likes intractable problems. It makes the case that being artful in how one applies knowledge is always to do with the quality of emotional intelligence in the mix and that leadership presence is the moveable feast that transforms people, profits and planet wherever the leader chooses a fearless approach.

Art at the heart of leadership

The greatest leaders are often the ones with the most captivating visions. They paint pictures with their words and win hearts and minds. Winston Churchill was an oil painter as well as the most respected prime minister of our time. One definition of a storyteller is someone who speaks in pictures. Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama testify to the truth of being leaders who have transformed the world with the colour of their words and their emotional conviction.

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This blog post was written by Alexander Mackenzie, Ninety Days’ leadership consultant and coach.