Discovering clarity that helps others

As a leader we are constantly asking what can we do to find the clarity our teams require? Three approaches I will briefly lay out here that could help are:

1. Take a Time-out
Your job is to distill the world’s complexity into a vivid path for the future. If you’re not clear in your own mind, you won’t be clear to the people who are trying to follow you. You can’t lead unless you can conclude. And you can’t conclude if you don’t make time to think.

2. Practice Your Storytelling
As a leader, you must practice over and over what to say to describe where you’re taking people. After you’ve found the right words, stick with them—in emails, in meetings, in speeches. Here are just a few quick examples of some places that have found the right words to share their clarity:

* “Solutions for a small planet” from IBM.

* “The world’s online marketplace” from eBay.

* “Share a moment, share a life” from Kodak.

3. Show Your Hero’s
Your “hero’s or stars” are the people in your organization who clearly embodies the future for you. Praising that person helps people see what the future looks like more clearly. In doing this make clear what strength they embody, what score they have achieved, and what action they have taken. This makes a very clear leadership statement.

What are some other ways that you have found to show and communicate clarity to your teams?

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