How the Best Leaders Use Brutal Facts To Their Advantage

Every leader should have a go-to list of what he or she considers to be steadfast rules of successful leadership. Criteria like, “set clear goals,” or “coach for growth” are used consistently; and, while our tried and true mantras are certainly important to uphold, leaders must remember to adjust and add to these guidelines.  

The current world of uncertainty requires leaders to commit to “defining reality” for their people. Napoleon famously said, ” The role of a leader is to define reality and give hope.”

Like many words today, the term reality has been hijacked by the media; primarily for reality tv shows that are supposed to provide a picture of what’s real (and more often than not are overproduced parodies with very little truth portrayed). Forget what you know about reality as it relates to television and the media; reality is defined as the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or imaginary state.  

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