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2012, The Year of the Courageous Leadership Conversation

The past few weeks have been both, a very reflective and productive time for me as I move into my second full year focusing my leadership clients on raising bar on their communication and communication in their workplaces.

I trust the slower business week between the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays has also been both a reflective and productive time for you as well.

Whereas 2011 was one of the most prolifically creative years in my entire career, my intention for 2012 is to make it the year of deep penetration of these new leadership strategies into my clients’ workplaces.

In 2011 I created workshops on keynote addresses, workshops and seminars on…

  • “The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication,” 
  • “The 3 Levels of High-Performance Leadership Communication,” and
  • “The Goldilocks ‘Just Right” Style of Leadership”

In my reflective time over the holidays I came to another huge realization. This realization is that for business leaders and leaders of not-for-profit organizations of all sizes, there is one common thread running through each of those three leadership development programs that can have a tremendous impact on the results you can achieve in leading your teams and organizations in 2012.

And, that is the “Courageous Leadership Conversation:

What is a “courageous leadership conversation?”

It is a conversation that you would prefer not have to engage in. Its that simple.

The “courageous conversation” fits within both Communication Sin #3 (A Lack of Directness) and Communication Sin #4 (A Lack of Immediacy) in The 7 Deadliest Sins of Leadership & Workplace Communication.

The “courageous conversation” fits within all 3 Levels of High-Performance Leadership Communication and courageous conversations are the foundation of a “Goldilocks ‘Just Right'” Leader.

To ensure 2012 is the year you lead your team to high-performance, there are 5 Courageous Leadership Conversations that leaders must consistently engage in, and they are listed below:

  1. What is the courage conversation we need need to have with the unknown future?
  2. What is the courageous conversation we need to have with our clients, or the key communities of which we are a part?
  3. What is the courageous conversation we need to have between different divisions of our organization?
  4. What is the courageous conversation I need to have with my immediate team/workgroup?
  5. What is the courageous conversation I need to have with myself?

These are the five most courageous conversations most leaders are NOT having enough of.

And, they are the conversations that can transform trust, commitment and performance in your organization. Give ’em a try.

If you’d like some help and an opportunity for consistent focus on these and other leadership communication strategies join me for the 2012 Leadership Communication Mastery Series, which you can learn more about at

Best wishes for making 2012 your Best Year Ever!

’til next time, make it a great week!

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results

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