Reflections On Authentic Leadership
Writing during the darkest hours of the Anglo-American Alliance during World War II, as enemy advances across the globe took place on almost a daily basis, two great leaders indicated the following:
"There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away... the British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves dwelling in a fool's paradise." - Sir Winston Churchill
"People respect candor if they are confident their leaders have a plan for moving forward. They do not like being talked down to or misled. It is the covenant of modern democracies: Tell it to us straight, and we will do what it takes." - President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Excerpts from Meacham, J., Franklin and Winston, New York, Random House, 2004
John P. Schreitmueller, PCC, ECP-BC is CEO of Resolute Consulting Group LLC. His Atlanta-based practice provides specialized leadership, organizational, behavioral and career coaching, counseling and consulting for executives and professionals across multiple industries and functions.
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