The central task of the leader

Too many leaders think that their charge is to make things happen. And, therefore, they must foster the perception that they are in a frenzy of motion at all times. What they fail to realize is that the chief responsibility of a leader is to draw clear conclusions. Most leaders don’t see clarity as their primary job, and they are not expected to. So they don’t take the time to think things through and draw reasoned conclusions. Even if they then blow up those conclusions six months later, that doesn’t matter. Conclusions can be modified. In fact, people welcome a leader who is able to admit, hey, I was slightly off on that.

Marcus Buckingham

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