On Leadership, Keep Your Powder Dry

I was recently reminded of my grandfather’s advice as I was about to participate in a planned meeting. One of the meeting leaders pulled me aside to tell me that I was not to ask questions, and informed me that if I did ask questions, I would be punished to the fullest extent possible. I also was not to challenge the preordained conclusion.

I was simultaneously aghast and impressed. Never had I heard such a trifecta of terrible leadership uttered in a single breath. It was a reminder to revisit the premises of all the books I had read and the conferences I had attended on leadership.

There are basic prerequisites of building consensus and adopting new ideas.

First, you must introduce the wonderful idea and explain it to everyone. It is even better when you are able to back up someone else’s great idea.