“Leadership is embedding the capacity for greatness in the people and practices of an organization.” – David Marquet

Through the lens

Crystal Clear, Grime Free Clarity


How many of you remember the movie “A Few Good Men” where Tom Cruise has Jack Nicholson on the stand and asks him if his orders are always clear?  And then, Jack Nicholson ask Tom Cruise if what he said was clear and Cruise responds “crystal”…

How many of us view our leadership with clarity that is “crystal clear”?  Do our teams view our leadership the same way? Sometimes, our vision is hindered by smog, fog, being near or far-sighted, crowds, etc.  I’m sure you can add to the list.

Too many times we are not focused and the haze around us just makes it hard to see.

So, what do we do to make sure our leadership has crystal clear clarity with no grime?

Here are a few thoughts (in no particular order)….

  • Eliminate the drama
  • Value your team
  • Listen
  • Shared goals and vision
  • Communication on the front end (no surprises)
  • Have a servant attitude
  • Know your surroundings
  • ?
If we cannot see with clarity, how are the members of our teams going to see with clarity? That is the key question we must have answers to as leaders.
I guess the best thing a leader can do is to carry around a bottle of Windex… Many times the leadership is clear, but it will have to be cleaned on a regular basis. That is our job as leaders. We have to clean and keep clean our leadership. I believe it is the only way everyone will have a crystal clear idea.



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