You know, Stuart Diamond, one of my mentors in negotiation says, “Leaders should wear their power lightly.” Teddy Roosevelt said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” I think all of those are relevant. Right?
I say red lines. Wear your power lightly, be self-deprecating, but always have your red lines established and defend them viciously. Those red lines being your values and your morals and what you stand for, your principles.
All of these of add up to the question of how do we wear our power as leaders today? I think this is a real challenge because, you know, T.E. Lawrence wore his power lightly, yet he was able to mobilize thousands and thousands of Badu to overthrow the Ottoman Turks.
Join me around the fire-pit and let’s discuss, “How to Wear Your Power”.
I’ll see you on the Rooftop,