• James Walton

The First Job of a Leader

Max DePree, in his classic text, Leadership is an Art, says "the first job of a leader is to define reality."

That lofty notion, when wrestled to the ground, looks something like this:

  • Responding delivers better outcomes than reacting.

  • Pursuing truth and confronting things-as-they-are-not-as-you'd-hope-they'd-be solves problems quicker than assumptions and hope.

  • Making a plan, knowing full well it will immediately change upon an encounter with reality, is a more beneficial discipline than winging it.

A leader's role is to define reality. Having done that difficult work, many other things will become easier.


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If you feel overwhelmed and need a proven system to focus on the next best thing, we can help. Companies who work with us see revenues go up, anxiety go down, and work becomes a force multiplier for good in the lives of your people.

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