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The leadership balancing act

The daily decisions and interactions that leaders face are like yin and yang; while they may seem conflicting from the outside, they are often complementary and interconnected. This article by Terry St.Marie covers seven of these key paradoxes:

  • Process vs. Innovation
  • Openness vs. Secrecy
  • Risk-Taking vs. Conservatism
  • Hubris vs. Humility
  • Talking vs. Listening
  • Accountability vs. Leniency
  • Nice vs. Tough

Leaders are continuously trying to balance these seemingly contradictory paradoxes. The paradox that stood out for me as the greatest challenge for leaders I work with is “Talking vs. Listening”. I come across many leaders who dictate to their subordinates rather than discuss and deliberate. As a leader it is your job to be a role model and guide those who look up to you, rather than just telling them what they can or cannot do. I would recommend reading the remainder of the article to get an idea of how to best navigate these paradoxes most effectively and “keep your balance on the leadership tightrope”.

About the Author: Noel Reid

Noel Reid
Noel has over 30 years’ experience as an operational leader and trainer in the government, not for profit and commercial sectors. His service in the military helped shape his early leadership career and he has been able to transfer these lessons and skills to the business environment. He is a sought after executive coach who has assisted the development of senior executives in all sectors and industries. An experienced facilitator who has delivered high value training programs around the world, Noel is able to engage with the audience to maximise the learning outcomes. He holds an MBA (Leadership & Communication), an Associate Diploma of Human & Physical Resource Management, a Diploma of Training Design and Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

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