Shape your vision. A key aspect of—and one of the hardest to grasp—is vision. Answer these questions to describe the future you want: What new reality will be created? How will the change personally affect us? What image captures what it will look like? What values will we affirm?
— Adapted from Leading Out Loud, Terry Pearce, Jossey-Bass.
Make your case. Gen. George C. Marshall used a formula for deciding when to press a point. Marshall spoke up when he had command of the facts, when he sincerely believed he was right, and when no one else was willing or able to articulate the idea.
— Adapted from Leading Minds, Howard Gardner with Emma Laskin, Basic Books.
Go boldly. In 1830, Davy Crockett, the King of the Wild Frontier, was representing west Tennessee in Congress. And even if he hadn’t gone on to a hero’s death at the Alamo, there’s this: “I leave this rule for others when I am dead. Be always sure you are right, then go ahead.”
— Adapted from Born on a Mountaintop, Bob Thompson, Crown.