Lead on Purpose

Promoting Leadership Principles in Product Management

Courage vs. correctness

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America in DangerI just found out about a new book by Stephen M. Studdert called America in Danger: What you must know to protect yourself. I have not yet read the book, but I found a quote by the author that was compelling, and important in light of the qualities of people who lead on purpose:

I love the United States of America, and I am deeply concerned about the future. Unfortunately today we’re more concerned with political correctness than we are political courage. I wish we could change the definition of P.C. to be political courage. To make political decisions that are right for the country may mean the decisions are unpopular, and most politicians today don’t want to make unpopular decisions.

How great would it be if we could “change the definition of P. C. to be political courage” and focus more on what’s really important? This applies amazingly well to leadership. Leaders are faced with difficult decisions, and those who possess the courage to make the right (not-always-popular) decisions become the great leaders; maybe not the most popular or the best known, but the greatest.

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