Four Paradoxes of Leadership (but there are probably more) DeMarco Banter

escher-handspar·a·dox ˈparəˌdäks/ noun

noun: paradox; plural noun: paradoxes

  1. a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.”a potentially serious conflict between quantum mechanics and the general theory of relativity known as the information paradox” 

I love a good paradox, and in so many ways great leadership is a total paradox. Just a couple of quick ones:

1: VISION:  Leaders must be a visionary, yet they cannot see everything in the future and must admit it.

2: CONTROL:  Leaders must model being under control instead of pretending to be in control.

3: ACCOUNTABILITY:  Leaders must model humanity and identify with the limitations of followers while at the same time maintaing unwavering standards and hold all accountable to said standards.

4: LOVE:  Leaders must model an anchored life acting from strong moral character, not emotion…while at the same time modeling ultimate care and concern for their followers.

So, what paradoxes am I forgetting?

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