by Dr. David Robinson
Most movie buffs recognize this line from the movie, “A Few Good Men,” spoken by Jack Nicholson to a young Tom Cruise. Until leaders help their team members deal with the Truth, not as you want it to be, but as it is, you are not ready to move forward. If you try advancing without everyone in agreement about the Truth, progress is slow at best, and most of the time difficult and frustrating.
Assessing the Truth about the non-human elements of your organization is usually a simple, straight-forward academic exercise. Difficulty comes when you deal with the perceptions and emotions of live human beings that make up your team.
Teams become dysfunctional when strong disagreement arises about the distance between their world as they think it is; the one they want it to be; and the one it really is. Great leaders know how to bring all three into focus while keeping the peace and advancing their vision.
Great leaders know the Truth is more than accumulating all the facts. They develop a spirit of agreement about the facts that all team members can perceive and emotionally handle with maturity. They know that the same diversity among team members that feeds creativity and better performance also causes communication barriers leading to strife and slowing progress.
Great leadership is more than an academic exercise in gaining the facts; it’s developing a team out of diverse and gifted individuals who have learned how to handle each others perceptions of the Truth with emotional maturity.
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