I once worked for a large, respected agency that used a “management by crisis” leadership paradigm. All we ever did was respond to the latest crisis. If a new crisis popped up, we dropped the old crisis and focused on the new. No new initiatives ever got off the ground, despite a highly creative and enthusiastic team. Instead we did a lot of running around and putting out fires. I had bosses at that agency, but none of them were what I would call leaders. Ken Blanchard describes this problem well.

Leadership is about going somewhere. If you and your people don’t know where you are going, your leadership doesn’t matter. -Ken Blanchard, Leading at a Higher Level, Revised and Expanded Edition: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations

Writing Prompt: Who is the leader in your story? What is his or her destination / goal?

Journaling Prompt: Write about a leader you’ve known.

Art Prompt: Destination
Nonfiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Share your vision for where you are going with your audience.

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