Tough Truths – The Ten Leadership Lessons We Don’t Talk About by Deidre Maloney provides a sobering assessment of life at the top as a leader. Maloney explains that a great work ethic has to be combined with a multitude of relationships.
Another surprising finding is that success comes at a price because great leaders are a magnet for a variety of human responses which range from appreciation to utter disdain. For this reason, it’s necessary to engage people by letting them express themselves as well as their concerns.
Maloney explains that true success involves making tough decisions, taking risks, and dealing with the consequences. A great leader is prepared for decisions that go good or bad. The dispositive thing is that the organization has a rational process to handle almost any outcome. As such, great leaders can be cool under pressure.
Another aspect of great leadership is superior communications, both oral and written. In practice, communications require editing literally everything that goes out for public consumption or comment. Lastly, Maloney talks about the necessity of having a work and leisure balance.
Tough Truths is a wonderful guide on how to cope with the organizational dynamics everyone faces at some point in the career experience. The work is peppered with stories about Maloney’s experiences in implementing the wisdom so generously expressed throughout the presentation. The advice is delivered in a folksy conversational style characteristic of Deidre Maloney’s managerial approach.