Search your organisation and see the amount of courage it takes to be open and honest.

How many times have you had a conversation with someone and they share serious concerns about an initiative. Concerns that if addressed will significantly improve metrics. Yet, when that same individual is given the microphone, they speak with glowing praise of that initiative and leadership walks away feeling all is perfect and complete.

How many times have you seen one that tells it as it is, being avoided or stunted within the organisation. And then you notice a decline to total silence. The voices that remain only speak about how great the leaders are, in spite of reality.

Both scenarios scare me.

That is why I treasure candor. Even when tact is lacking, I draw individuals that are candid close, because knowing what is really going on (and not necessarily how great I am) is a super power in leadership.

– Osasu Oviawe

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