Does being yourself lead to success?

Wires Crossed compliments of WSJ

He bought his wife a beautiful orange scarf (his favorite color), but orange definitely was not her color.

The leader measured her success in pay raises, so that’s how she rewarded her best performer, only he was desperate for meaningful work.

He was always saying, “Give it to me straight, don’t soften it, no B.S., just short and sweet.” So, that’s the way he communicated with others, but most of his team (and peers) saw him as impersonal, harsh, and blunt.

Giving what we like can cause big problems.

We can’t (and shouldn’t) always give what people want, but when it comes to communication and leadership, it usually pays off.

Martha Forlines and Thad Green

P.S. We specialize in teaching leaders how to communicate, manage, and lead to the individual—finding out what people want and how to give it to them—with our executive coaching, leadership training, and leadership consulting.

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