Harmony Is Overrated

by - m on 11/11/2010

It’s my role as a Director and the leader of a creative agency to assure the goals of the program are met. I like to include as many viewpoints as possible and then determine the best course of action.

I used to think an effective leader was a peacemaker. Someone who would maintain harmony at any cost. I’ve since learned that it’s the leader’s job to maintain civility while managing spirited debate. It’s my job to ensure conflict is managed, that everyone keeps focused on the goals, and that the team members treat each other with respect.

It may sound trite, but it takes a spark to ignite an idea. The point to remember is that it usually takes two things rubbing together or two hard objects clashing to get a spark.

Don’t quash the debate. Manage it. Lead it.

– m

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