“And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.” Homer
Many of the leadership gurus and best selling authors these days communicate a variation on a theme by Stephen Covey:
“Trust is equal parts character and competence. You can look at any leadership failure and it’s always a failure of one or another.”
Many of these books do a great job putting leadership into perspective. But, how many of them provoke a call to take personal action?
Scott Weiss, President and CEO of SpeakEasy Inc., lives by the mantra, “Make your word good – and be as good as your word.” He is author of an excellent book called DARE: Accepting the Challenge of Trusting Leadership.
Given so much distrust among American consumers these days, Weiss passionately dares the reader “to go against the grain of business as usual and to DARE YOURSELF TO BE HONEST.” He begs some thoughtful questions that challenge us to think and act like a modern-day leader:
What if we lived in a world where…
♦Leadership communication was devoid of euphemisms, buzzwords, and spin?
♦Leaders stood on a platform of honest and transparent communication?
♦Leaders connect emotionally to colleagues, clients, and consumers?
Each of the eight chapters shed light on the challenges leaders face and conclude with a DARE to the reader: Starting with chapter one – “I dare you to be honest. To be authentic. To return transparency to your business and personal communication.”