Do You Pay Attention to Tension?

A while back I was having a conversation with a respected leader who used an interesting phrase. He said he likes to “pay attention to tension,” whenever he is feeling it.
If you stop and think about it, his philosophy is almost counterintuitive. Most leaders try to avoid tension.
If you want to be a great leader, I suggest you embrace my friend’s practice of giving attention to your tension.
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Leadership, by its nature, will always have those moments where your instincts will speak to you. You will have a “feeling” that something just isn’t right.
One leader I know calls it the “cringe factor.” Others call it a leaders intuition. Whatever you call it, don’t ignore it.
I think you will find it is much easier to tackle something head on than it is to let it fester.
Tension can be a good thing. It brings great gain to athletes in the weight room, on the track, and in the pool. It can do the same for a leader in the boardroom.
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“Attention to tension.” Practiced by few, but a valuable discipline for anyone who wants to become a better leader.
Leadership Begins at Home,
What are the consequences of avoiding the “tensions” of leadership?
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6 years ago

Over the past several years I have been involved in a very tense situation. The board that I was on decided to go in a different direction. That wasn’t the problem, but how they went about it. They were willing to disobey rules, and shade the truth, in order to get their way. I confronted them but was unable to turn the tide. Years have passed and I have walked away shaking my head and wondering what else I could have done. Now, the organization seems to be on a path of self destruction and I feel like I failed the test of my leadership. Looking back, I would have stood up stronger for righteousness. I left with my head held high but I would have rather fought harder at the point of confrontation even if that would have cause my dismissal.
Now, I am fine and much wiser, ready for the next battle.


6 years ago

Thanks for the comment, Dennis. Experience is indeed a great teacher!

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