He wants answers to these three questions:
- “What do you want to do in this circumstance?”
- “What troubles you about your plan?”
“A leader has vision: ‘Here’s what we’re going to do.’
“A leader has reason: ‘Here’s why we’re going to do it.’
“And a leader has concerns. Every journey is fraught with issues and troubles. A good leader is someone who anticipates them.”
“People like to follow people who have vision,” Narayandas adds. “People like to follow leaders who can explain why we’re doing something. And people like to follow people who have said: ‘You know what? It’s not going to be an easy journey. We’re going to have a lot of adversity, but here’s why I think we can get it done.’”
—Adapted from “Grooming Next-Generation Leaders,” Martha Lagace, HBS Working Knowledge, http://hbswk.hbs.edu.