Leadership Is Like A Knife

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Victorinox+Swiss+Army+Knife+WORK+CHAMP+black,PA09064S_5Leadership is like a knife…

Not because you can use it to stab people in the back with empty promises!

But rather because cutting edge leaders, leaders that make a difference in our lives often get blunt over time from excess sycophantic praise.

But like a blunt knife, what makes leaders sharp again is clashing with something rougher … something harder! We call that criticism. Frank criticism mixed with honest feedback. When a leader faces consistent well intentioned criticism he becomes better and she becomes sharper.

That’s why leadership is like a knife, because if they are to remain sharp and on the cutting edge of brilliance they need regular doses of criticisms from we the people!

So keep critiquing and keep pushing your leaders. Don’t get distracted by the one time early doses of good work they did back in the day. Instead focus on what they can consistently do better, that way they stay sharper … just like a knife.

twitterWritten By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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  1. Leadership is like a knife… it sacrifices it’s sharpness/newness for the good of us all.
    If you look at the before/after memes of Obama, his eyes are not as bright, and his hair has grayed rapidly.
    The knife sacrifices itself and cuts the meat, so that we all have food. It goes through the tough re-sharpening, so that it can continue to govern our shared resources…
    At least, it is supposed to.
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  2. Enyene on said:

    You’re very right, the fear of criticism, for those who still have it, keeps people on the move!
    P.S : why does this remind me of ur last post about Fashola

  3. Thanks for this insight, Ofili. It’s rather sad that our political leaders do not welcome criticism. In our clime, many of the closest associates of our leaders are praise – singers. So, with time, those people cannot be trusted to tell them the truth. I just hope our new leaders will be willing to listen to critics and sift out the grain from their seemingly harsh comments.

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