Leaders walk every day a fine line. And it’s way uncomfortable.
If they lose balance, they pay the consequences.
You’re there when you start asking yourself questions like:
“Shall I push and intervene or shall I wait until I see a resolution?”
“Shall I disclose what is happening or shall I pose and share later?”
“Shall I give the full transparent feedback or shall I sweet the pill?”
Here’s my view:
Great leaders walk confidently the fine line.
They find the right balance to allow them to both guide and empower people.
In my experience, there are three key areas where balance is critical:
1) Transparency vs. Confidentiality
Transparency fosters trust and open communication within a team, enabling everyone to stay informed and engaged. However, there are times when confidential information must be handled delicately to protect privacy, maintain trust, or honor legal obligations. A skillful leader knows when to share information openly and when to exercise discretion.
2) Autonomy vs. Guidance
This is key for leading your team. On one hand, granting autonomy allows individuals to tap into their creativity, take ownership of their work, and contribute unique perspectives. On the other hand, guidance and support from a leader can offer clarity, ensure alignment with organizational goals, and help avoid potential pitfalls. A leader who strikes the right balance creates an environment that encourages growth, innovation, and collaboration.
3) Flexibility vs. Accountability
Flexibility allows for adaptability and agility in response to changing circumstances, fostering a positive work culture. However, accountability ensures that objectives are met, standards are upheld, and the team remains focused on achieving collective goals. A balanced leader understands when to be flexible, empowering their team to explore new ideas, and when to reinforce accountability to drive results.
Walking the fine line of leadership is not the right act.
I see this more as a dance where you learn to move confidently from one area to the other as you go.
Leadership is an experiential art. As dancing.
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Hi, I’m Andrea Petrone, a human performance advisor and executive coach to CEOs, Senior Executives and their teams, facilitator and speaker. I help them to build a winning mindset, drive growth and accelerate performance.