Influential Leadership Needs Discipline and Discretion

Do you understand the power of your leadership voice?


Steve Cockram, co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship, shares from an organizational development perspective how discipline and discretion are essential whether you are a long-time leader, an emerging leader, a team member, or simply looking to improve your self-leadership. We all have the ability to have a positive impact on our organization and/or those around us by asking three key questions: What do I share? When do I share it? Who do I share it with? Steve provides insights from his leadership experience, and reveals that most people have far more influence than they realize. In order to develop a trusting, values-based organization, leaders at all levels must be aware that what they say and what they do requires intentional discipline and discretion -- even more so as their leadership responsibility increases. Discover the impact of your leadership voice and how discipline and discretion are essential to your successful leadership. Watch this and other videos on organizational development on Leadercast!

The thing is, most charismatic entrepreneur, pioneer connectors always love to talk out loud about whatever is exciting, and what's exciting is far more exciting than mundane, systematic process building that allows the thing to grow over time.

So we say discipline and discretion. What to share, when to share it, and who to share it with. And those three questions probably have saved Jeremie and I a huge amount of pain, because the discipline and discretion is most leaders don't realize the influence they have.

So the further up an organization your leadership role is, the more disciplined you have to be in what you say. Because an idea, I was thinking about this, by the time everyone started talking about it, everyone's assumed this is the new direction. This is going to be chaos. And we end up with so many rabbits running around that people feel, "This leadership is chaotic. It's not consistent. It's not disciplined."

Now, it's slightly harsh, but it's your own fault because you didn't understand the power of your voice combined with the power of your position. So the more positional authority you have, the more careful you have to be in the way that your voice is actually heard and projected.


Steve Cockram

Steve Cockram is co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, a global company dedicated to leadership transformation through intentional apprenticeship. He travels extensively all over the world, teaching and consulting with senior executives and ...

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