In leadership, people often confuse authority and clarity. When there is chaos, confusion, uncertainty and doubt, there is a strong need for clarity. As a leader, it is important to have clarity and be clear so that others around you can thrive.
“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.” – Francois Gautier
Here are a few good practices to connect to clarity:
- Define where you are clear and where you are unclear
- Ask trusted and valued sources for their perspective
- Identify the indicators you need to have clarity and ask for input to validate or enhance the indicators
- Identify objective research on the topic
- If you are moving in new terrain that NO ONE has been before, continue to take steps forward and evaluate what you are learning and what feels like the right next steps
- Identify what is true and what is real
- Take time to get quiet to assess and define next steps based on your own inner authority
Once you are clear, move forward with the knowledge that there may times where there is additional uncertainty and that you have the tools to create clarity in those moments.
“When you are up against a wall, put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall and grow.” – C.G. Jung
Take the time and space necessary to seek clarity in all communications and actions to create good flow and positive momentum.