The Words of Leadership: Clarity

In the ever-evolving realm of leadership, one thing is certain: uncertainty. We all seek reassurance, especially in ambiguous times, but as leaders, providing the definite certainty everyone desires can be challenging.

[Lorenzo Conti] Β· 320 words Β· 2 min read Β· Nov 30, 2023
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I can’t give you the final step, but I can give you the next step. πŸš€

The certain uncertainty πŸ€”

In the ever-evolving realm of leadership, one thing is certain: uncertainty.

We navigate through uncharted waters, facing unpredictable challenges, economic collapse, unexpected crises and the list goes on. Seeking reassurance is a shared instinct, particularly in uncertain times. However, as leaders, delivering the absolute certainty everyone desires can be challenging, overwhelming, and a source of stress.

The litmus test isn’t about providing certainty; it’s about maintaining clarity. 🧭

Instead of promising the final step, focus on providing the next step. πŸšΆβ€β™‚οΈ

Reflecting on my leadership journey, I’ve learned that attempting to provide certainty without clarity is ineffective, inconsistent, and unsustainable. People want direction, and even if you can’t guarantee the outcome (certainty), you can ensure everyone is in sync on the immediate path forward (clarity).

The Power of clear communication πŸ“’

I’ve faced challenges where lack of clarity, in the pursuit of false certainty, led to unpredictable results.
So, I’ve learned that clarity is key. It’s about admitting when we don’t have all the answers but assuring our teams that we’re committed to finding them.

Lesson learned: the next step matters more than the illusion of certainty. 🎯

To all my fellow leaders out there: remember, it’s okay not to know everything.

So, what should you do if you find yourself uncertain about the 19th step?

Instead of faking confidence, stay in the trenches with your team until you gain clarity on the next step. Your team values transparent communication and a clear path more than false promises.

Let’s embracing the journey of uncertainty with open communication and a commitment to clarity.

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