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You’re the captain, in good times & bad

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In times of change—which is pretty much all the time—you need to make yourself visible to your people.

If you’re constantly in view and accessible, you’ll be able to influence every person who holds a stake in your organization.

Obvious, right? Well, no.

In choppy waters, it’s not easy to communicate with everybody. Your main excuse is that you’re too busy keeping the ship afloat. That’s true. But you also may be avoiding people who will tell you things you don’t want to hear.

Those are both natural instincts.

Your job is to rise above those instincts. You need to put yourself out there as the captain who will handle the bad news along with the good.

That’s the only way you’ll lead your crew out of harm’s way.

—Adapted from Leading With Authenticity in Times of Transition, Kerry A. Bunker, Michael Wakefield, Center for Creative Leadership, CCL Press.

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