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Care and Candid

Leading an organization is as much about soul as it is about systems. Effective leadership finds its source in understanding. – Herb Kelleher

Knowing what to do isn’t enough to make someone a good leader. Just because something is right doesn’t mean that people will let you do it. Good leaders take that into account and plan accordingly. Leading people is caring about people, treating them with respect, and building positive relationships with them.  The things that help you build positive relationships are common ground and care. To expand the relationship, candor and open communication is required. Leaders must embrace candor and caring.

How to have a candid conversation? Do it

  • quickly (shovel while the pile is small)
  • calmly, never in anger
  • privately
  • thoughtfully (in a way that minimizes embarrassment)

Reference: John C Maxwell (2011) The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential. New York: Center Street Publishing


Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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